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Volume 92 Number 12 


Edelstein remembered 
by friends and family 


By Niamh O’Leary Liu 

Although more than a week has 
passed since the accident that 
claimed Debby Edelstein’s life, her 
presence remains vivid in the 
memories of those she knew and 
touched in her lifetime. 

Many of the memories and les¬ 
sons of Debby’s life were recalled 
during a memorial ceremony on 
Monday afternoon. Her father spoke 
at the ceremony and took the occa¬ 
sion to share fond and humorous 
memories as he offered thoughtful 
words of advice to the crowd, “Ex¬ 
plore and discover and try new 
things, keep your mind open,” the 
elder Edelstein said, “in so doing, 
you will live fully.” 

Debby’s brother, friends and a 
few of her professors each took the 
podium ami related anecdotes, po¬ 
etry, readings and a short story in 
her honor. ^ 

One speaker during the service 
quoted a friend of Debby’s, who 
described her as “a woman who 
seemed to wake up every morning 
an optimist.” 

Scott L. Goldman ’96, who has 
been a close friend of Debby ’ s since 
their high school days, stated his 
feelings simply and eloquently, 
“Debby was so wonderful and spe¬ 


cial; she will forever inspire roe in 
everything I am and do.” 

Shannon Haines ’96, one of 
Debby’s hallmates last year stated, 
“The thing about Debby was that 
she always had a lot of energy. She 
was a happy person, fun to be 
around, and into everything. She 
was always doing something, so 
there’s so muchyou could say about 
her.” 

“WecanleamalotfromDebby’s 
achievements and by following her 
example we can continue in her 
quest to be successful. Perhaps 
Thoreau described Debby’s phi¬ 
losophy best when he wrote, i went 
into the woods to live deeply ... to 
suck the marrow out of life.’ I like 
to think of Middlebury as Debby’s 
woods,” said Marie D’Amato ’96. 

Maia Holden ’96, also a former 
hallmate of Debby’s, echoed the 
sentiment voicedby Haines, “I don’t 
think I’ve ever known anyone with 
as much energy as Debby, but the 
thing is that she was so inclusive 
about it” Holden’s eyes lit up as 
she continued, “If you showed any 
interest at all in what she was doing, 
she’d want to share it with you. 
Everything she did was so vivid: 
what she said, how she looked at 
things; she just had an energy that 



TUtwiy CMUn 

Chip Earle ’95 presents his graduation honors bill in the SGA. 


Voting procedure passes 


By R. Joa Buoaomki 

Inamove to improve voter turn¬ 
out the Student Government Asso¬ 
ciation (SGA) approved a bill Sun¬ 
day to bold elections through the 
gcbooTsphone system. Peter Poison 
’94, author of the bill, believes that 
this new method would be more 
efficient and accurate in the collect¬ 
ing of student votes Others, how¬ 
ever, have expressed concern that 
the change will only further dimin- 
ish participation in the election pro¬ 
cess. 


The old system was believed to 
be flawed in a number of ways and 
was perceived by many as inconve¬ 
nient The polls were logistically 
able to be open for only two boure 
in the afternoon, making Udifficuh 
far many to get there, especially 
students living ofT campus. It was 
also difficult to find individuals to 
work the polls, and counting the 
votes was an arduous process. 

Poison co n firmed that the sys¬ 
tem would be secure against tam- 
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Debby Edelstein '96 was always willing to volunteer her time to help others in the community. 


swept people up.” 

The memorial on Monday was 
held in a crowded Mead Chapel and 
conveyed at least some sense of the 
loss so many feel from Debby’s 
passing. Among the crowd was 


Teresa Manzano ’96, a friend of 
Debby’s who survived the tragic 
crash and was released from the 
hospital the morning of the service. 

Chaplain John Walsh described 
Debby, who was active in organi¬ 


zations from Big Brother/Big Sis¬ 
ter to Outward Bound, as a model 
for others to emulate. “Debby was 
adoer, and she made you want to do 
... she brought life to what she did 
and what she touched.” 


Trong snares Rhodes Scholarship 


By Edward Y. Soh 
For the second time in two years, 
a Middlebury student has been 
named as a Rhodes Scholar. Last 
week, Germaine Trong ’94, a soci¬ 
ology major from Oklahoma re¬ 
ceived one of the 32 Rhodes Schol¬ 
arships given annually. * 

The Rhodes Scholarship repre¬ 
sents one of the highest achieve¬ 


ments that an American college stu¬ 
dent can receive, bestowing two 
years of expense-free study at Ox¬ 
ford University in England. Along 
with the scholarship comes recog¬ 
nition as one of the finest students in 
the United States, and possibly, the 
world. 

In order to become a Rhodes 
Scholar, candidates are judged on 


Graduation honors bill 
earns approval of SGA 


By Katie Roberts 

While there has been a great deal 
of criticism directed toward the 
Educational Council proposal to 
make the academic honors system 
percentage-based, there have been 
few alternatives offered to improve 
the plan. The Student Government 
Association (SGA) bucked this trend 
Sunday and approved a bill by Chip 
Earle ’95 which builds on the Edu¬ 
cational Council’s suggestion for 
altering the calculation of graduat¬ 
ing honors. 

The catalyst for Earle’s bill was 
the SGA’s decision last week not to 
support the Educational Council’s 
proposal. Trystan Phifer ’95 had 
urged the SGA not to back the plan, 
believing that although it was head¬ 
ing in the right direction, it was not 
completely satisfactory. 

Both Earle and the council agree 
that as the system stands now, too 
many seniors are graduating with 
Latin honors, detracting from the 
distinction of that achievement. 

Over 60 percent of last year’s 
graduating class was awarded Latin 
honors and Earle, as well as the 
council, felt that it “wasn't an honor 
when over half of the graduating 
class gets (a Latin award] ” The 
SGA was not satisfied with the 
council’s proposal because it did 
not take into account the discrepan¬ 
cies between the average GPAs of 


each department. Under the recom¬ 
mended provisions, the top 5 per¬ 
cent of the senior class would gradu¬ 
ate summa cum laude , the next 10 
percent magna cum laude and the 
next 20 percent cum laude. 

The essence of Earle’s bill is a 
formula which gives a weighted 
number, derived partly from the 
students’ GPA rank in their major, 
and partly from their rank as com¬ 
pared to the rest of the class. The 
same percentages would then be 
used with the weighted number 
rather than theGPA. Earle’s method 
and thfc method proposed by the 
council would yield approximately 
the same number of people receiv¬ 
ing awards, but Earle’s system cre¬ 
ates a different distribution, one 
which takes into account the dis¬ 
parities of the departments’ aver¬ 
age GPAs. Earle reiterated that he 
did not fed one major was “harder” 
than another, simply that certain 
majors tended to give out higher 
grades. 

One criticism of the bill was that 
it could create more competition 
within the majors, since it would 
now be in one’s best interest to do 
better than anyone else in the 
student’s major. Rather than a feel¬ 
ing of cooperation amoog students, 
it could promote a more aggressive 
competition. Earle disagreed say- 
(continued on page 4) 


several criteria. The awards are 
given based on literary and scholas¬ 
tic achievements, and fondness for 
and success in sports. In addition, 
truth, courage, devotion to duty, 
sympathy for the weak and unself¬ 
ishness are valued, as are moral 
force of character and leadership 
abilities. 

Trong’s award follows on the 
heels of another Middlebury Rhodes 
Scholar, Taylor Fravel ’93, who 
received the award last year and is 
studying at Oxford presently. 

Referring to the consecutive 
victories. Professor Stanley Bates, 
the coordinator of the Middlebury’s 
Rhodes applicants, said that this is 
“the first time in the twenty years 
that I’ve been associated with the 
Rhodes Scholars that this has hap¬ 
pened.” 

Jn fact, the two representatives 
that Vermont selected to go on to 
the final selection committee for 
the New England region were both 
Middlebury students, Trong and 
Kevin Marshall ’94. 

According to Bates, Trong’s se¬ 
lection was based on her strong 
academic background, combined 
with her other strengths. One of 
these strengths was that she was 


(continued on page 4) 








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year, a 4.5 per cent increase. Civil-rights leaders marked the 


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America remained the most popu- importance of the decision for col¬ 
lar destination for students study- leges trying to legally defend their 
ing beyond their borders. scholarship programs. “It’s a kind 

The largest number of students of tightrope they have. But this case 

came from Asia~dO percent of the shows that public colleges can vol- 

total. Over 40,000 students came warily adopt affirmative action,” 
from both China and Japan; The said one civil rights advocate, 
largest regional increase came from Richard A. Samp, chief counsel 

Europe, which sent eight percent for the Washington Legal Founda- 
more than in 1992, with an espe- disagreed with the decision, 
dally large influx of students from say»°g h relied on .discrimination 
eastern Europe and the former So- that was to ° distant to be relevant, 
viet republic#. The percentage of Sa mp represented a Hispanic sta- 
female students also increased to dent who challenged the college s 
37 percent of the total. The only Benjamin Banneker Scholarship 
region to send fewer students In F°gram, which awards full tuition 
1992was Africawith20,520,down scholarships to about thirty black 
1370 . students every year. 

’ “I find that discouraging, and William E. Kirwin, president of 

wish we could find ways to attract at College Park, was ecstatic 
more qualified African students to about the decision. ’Tins has large 
study in the States,” said Jerry .implications for higher education 
Wilcox, director of the International institutions throughout the nation 

Students and Scholars Office at in that it shows that carefully con- 
Comell University. stated programs of this type c#a 

“Continuing growth of interna- k supported by the courts.” 
tional student enrollments in the 

face of nearly global economic re- UnilSUal halftime 

cession and rising costs demon- Show 

strates the high value placed by 
other countries on U.S. higher edu¬ 
cation,” says Richard Krasno, presi- The halftime show at the Michi- 

dentofthe Institute oflntematioiml gan Slate University(MSUJ-Noth- 
Education. Krasno noted that this western University football gome 
trend continued despite increasing altered tire traditional marching 
regional mobility in Europe and band show to make way focchem- 

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North Korea keeps 
nuclear project secret 

North Korea has come under 
heavy criticism for not allowing 
international inspections teams to 
examine their nuclear facilities in 
order to make sure that none of their 
plutonium is being used to develop 
an atomic bomb. 

Instead, the North Koreans have 
made the following offer: inspec¬ 
tors from the International Atomic 
Agency would be allowed unlim¬ 
ited access to five of North Korea’s 
nuclear facilities. 

However, the two major plants, 
which could house bomb making 
facilities, would not be included. 
The proposal was rejected Monday 
afternoon on the grounds that it 
would not allow the inspectors to 
tell if the nuclear weapons program 
still exists. 

North Korea has recently made 
vague offers to negotiate further 
but has presented no concrete plan 
for inspection. South Korea’s Min¬ 
ister of Foreign Affairs said, “The 
North Korean reply looks insuffi¬ 
cient but is something we need to 
examine.” 

The U.S. and North Korea are 
scheduled to hold talks regarding 
broadening of ties, diplomatically 
and economically, and the inspec¬ 
tion controversy could be an ob¬ 
stacle. in an unusually tough state¬ 
ment a few weeks ago. President 
Clinton said that if North Korea 
were to invade South Korea, the 
U.S. would cause them to “cease to 
exist as a country.” 

The Hubble Space 
telescope nears 
operability 


By Robert Schlesinger 

late last week with the mission of 
fixing the myopic telescope. Two 
space-walking astronauts installed 
four new gyroscopes and made other 
repairs. In a demonstration of the 
repaired telescope’s effectiveness, 
they used it to bum an ant. 

The telescope has been inoper¬ 
able since it was released three and 
half years ago. It was not until after 
the telescope was launched that 
NASA realized that it would not 
work properly. 

Colonel Richard O. Covey of 
the Air Force, the shuttle com¬ 
mander, said, “We feel very good 
about the way the day went. To¬ 
morrow at this time, Hubble’s go¬ 
ing to have two fine new solar ar¬ 
rays on.” 

Now that the repairs have been 
completed to the body of the tele¬ 
scope, the vision of it will have to 
be fixed. The telescope will be af¬ 
fixed with what have been described 
as the world’s largest contact lenses. 
The new lenses have an error pre¬ 
cisely opposite that of the 
telescope’s faulty mirror, thus cor¬ 
recting the flaw. 

Bush *ssons seek 
governorships 

FormerPresident Bush may have 
retired from politics, but two of his 
sons are seeking governorships, at¬ 
tempting to keep the Bush name 
alive on the national political scene. 

George W. Bush, 46, is running 
against Ann Richards in ‘94 for 
governor of Texas, one of the states 
former President Bush calls home. 

In Florida, the younger Jeb Bush, 
40, is taking on current Governor 
Lawton Chiles, who is considered 
more vulnerable in the next elec¬ 
tion than Richards. 

Both sons have similar political 
agendas to their fattier, but learned 
important lessons from being part 
of his failed bid for re-election. 
“My father served with distinction 


in a different time,” said Jeb Bush. 
“But it’s 1993, and the country has 
changed dramatically. The way the 
Clinton campaign used alternative 
means of communication — it was 
about breaking the mold of how 
you campaign.” 

Some believe that Jeb Bush’s 
campaign in Florida might be hurt 
by his brother’s recently announced 
campaign in Texas. “It hurts be¬ 
cause it makes it seem more like a 
political grab by Tweedledee and 
Tweedledum,” said Ray Strother, a 
political consultant. But in response 
to this Jeb Bush said that he has “no 
control” over his brother. 

Town will vote on 
bridge plans 

The decision between two plans 
for a new bridge through the center 
of Middlebury will most likely be 
made by the town’s voters. 

Residents will get to choose ei¬ 
ther a bridge with concrete arches 
orone that is suspended with cables. 
The difference between the two 
plans is largely aesthetic, but many 
residents were concerned that the 
decision would be made by outside 
authorities. 

The bridge would go across Ot¬ 
ter Creek from the intersection of 
Cross and South Pleasant Streets to 
South Main Street, where there is 
currently a Mobil Station. 

The Vermont Agency of Trans¬ 
portation is often at odds with towns 
over such decisions, and the oppor¬ 
tunity for the town to choose is rare. 

“The designs thathave been pre¬ 
sented recently are the result of a 
year-long negotiation with the Fed¬ 
eral Highway Administration, the 
town bridge committee and the 
Agency of Transportation,” said 
Bob McCullough, historic preser¬ 
vation coordinator for the agency. 

Sources: New York Times, The 
Addison County Independent 





















Thursday, December 9,1993 


NEWS 


P«*e3 


Large and small scale changes mark year of upheaval 


By Will Clark 

As Middlebury prepares for an¬ 
other long winter and yet another 
tuition increase, it is time to recap 
the big news stories of the past year. 
Some of them are new, while oth¬ 
ers, like snow in April, just will not 
go away. 

Student social life 

The year began with President 
McCardell’s announcement that 
off-campus single-sex organiza¬ 
tions would not be tolerated by Old 
Chapel. Though the move was op¬ 
posed by 61 percent of the student 
body, the Board of Trustees sup¬ 
ported the President’s action. 

Despite the ruling, there was 
hope that Chi Psi, a fraternity, and 
Alpha Chi, a sorority, could be¬ 
come social houses this year. Then 
Community Council rejected Chi 
Psi’s application because it would 
have allowed male members of the 
social house to remain members of 
the national organization. That same 
week, the members of Alpha Chi 
disbanded, citing resistance and hos¬ 
tility from members of the college 
community. 

The Community Council will 
discuss proposals for two new so¬ 
cial houses in January. They would 
be the first houses not to have be¬ 
gun as fraternities, and both have 
been well received by members of 
the council. 

The future of Delta Kappa Epsi¬ 
lon (DKE) seemed to have been 
decided recently in a preliminary 
ruling which rejected DKE’s re¬ 
quest for an injunction which would 
allow it to continue operating while 
its pending case against the college 
is resolved. 

Middlebury lost one of its five 
social houses this June when Presi¬ 
dent McCardel I overruled the Com¬ 
munity Council and extended Delta 
Upsilon’s one-year suspension and 
probation “indefinitely.” 

Because of the loss of DU, all 
four social houses received $2500 
more for expenses this year than 
last. 

Security problems 

Nighttime security continues to 
be an issue this year. Last spring, 
three students walking around on 
campus were attacked by students 
of Middlebury Union High School. 
In October, an unknown assailant 
hit a student walking through Battell 
Field shortly before midnight. 

Another scare occurred when a 
propane leak endangered students 
in the North Dorms after a car ran 
over the gas cap. Not only have cars 
caused damage, but they have been 
targets as several were vandalize# 
this fall. 

Rodents seize power 

Communication on campus was 
stifled as squirrels rendered phones 
inoperative in October by cram¬ 
ming a generator with chestnuts. 
Although the problem was solved 
in a matter of hours, it left students 
without phones for most of a Sun¬ 
day. Currently, options are being 
reviewed to beep the creatures out 
of the telephone system. 


Two new student 
centers open 

After months of planning and 
discussion, the May Belle Chellis 
Women’s Center opened in a reno¬ 
vated Tilden House this fall. De¬ 
signed as a place where all gender 
issues can be discussed, the center 
welcomes all students. 

One year after it was first pro¬ 
posed, the Middlebury College Jew¬ 
ish Studies Center opened under¬ 
neath Freeman. The Center will host 
Hillel meetings and serve as a study 
area in addition to educating stu¬ 
dents about Jewish history and cul¬ 
ture. 

Coming Out Day brings 
speakers 

Two Middlebury alumni, Torie 
Osbourne ’72 and Mario Cooper 
’77 returned to Middlebury as part 
ofComingOut Day. The two speak¬ 
ers addressed gay and lesbian is¬ 
sues locally and nationally. While 
Osbourne spoke of “obliterating the 
closet,” Cooper counseled students 
to “take your time ... be patient... 
this is an extremely personal mat¬ 
ter.” 

In April, more than a dozen 
alumni returned for the second Gay/ 
Lesbian/Bisexual Alumni Weekend 
for discussions and social events. 

African American 
enrollment falls 

The class of ’97 has 70 percent 
fewer African-American students 
than the class of ’96 had at the same 
time last year. In addition, minority 
enrollment fell to 59 students in the 
entering class, the lowest figure in 
five years. Despite seemingly suc¬ 
cessful initiatives to entice minor¬ 
ity students, the Admissions Office 
was at a loss to explain the drop. 

College questions financial 
aid commitments 

Although recognized by US 
News and World Report as a colle¬ 
giate “Best Buy,” Middlebury’s 
need-blind admissions policy may 
soon be reexamined. President 
McCardell characterized the policy 
as a “costly venture... one me may 


need to question or reconsider.” 
Last year, SGA President Brendan 
O’Leary premised to make finan¬ 
cial aid one of his top priorities, and 
has conducted a campus-wide sur¬ 
vey to assess student opinions on 
different options for improving fi¬ 
nancial aid at the college. 


averages (GPA), commendations 
would be granted based on class 
rank. Under the proposed plan, only 
40 percent of graduates would re¬ 
ceive such awards, The SGA is 
opposing the measure, because the 
average GPA for some departments 
are substantially higher than oth¬ 



Tltfany Ctallln 

The May Belle Chellis Women's Resource Center became a reality 
after many delays in the renovation process. . 


Recycling program 
revitalized 

Under thedirection of Recycling 
Coordinator Holly Cookis ’03, 
Middlebury is recycling more than 
ever and keeping well within the 
guidelines established by Addison 
County for all residents. Recycling 
bins can be found on nearly every 
floor of campus facilities on and off 
the main campus. The position was 
created following criticism of the 
pre viousprogram as too unfocused. 

Honors system 
reexamined 

Following a graduation cer¬ 
emony in which 63 percent of gradu¬ 
ating seniors received cum laude or 
better on their diplomas, the Educa¬ 
tional Council has proposed alter¬ 
ing thecurrentaward system. Rather 
than base awards on grade point 


ers. Chip Earle ’95 made an attempt 
to account for this disparity by in¬ 
troducing an SGA bill that would 
calculate graduation honors based 
on rank among class members as 
well as among the majors in a 
student’s department, and the bill 
was passed last Sunday. 

The faculty #vill consider the 
changes to the honors system at 
their meeting next Monday. 

Staff readies for change 

in an effort to trim staff levels 
without the disruption created by 
former President Timothy Light's 
dismissal of 17 workers, the col¬ 
lege has instituted a voluntary sepa¬ 
ration plan which would give work¬ 
ers incentives for early retirement 
or moving to other employment. 
Over 40 Middlebury staff members 
accepted the package of benefits 
and will leave the college March 



Dr. Betty Shabazz spoke on campus last spring and drew a large crowd in Mead Chapel. 


15. In the interim, departments will 
be examining their needs and re¬ 
structuring on the basis of the de¬ 
partures. - - 

After receiving added initiative 
because of the previous round of 
cuts under Light, a unionization 
effort is still underway at 
Middlebury. Although plans are still 
tentative, organizers hope to hold a 
union referendum in the next year. 

Also this year, the domestic part¬ 
ners of unmarried employees were 
granted health and other benefits. 
With the action, Middlebury be¬ 
came one of the fist small schools to 
recognize non-traditional couples. 
Because the college is self-insured 
and employees pay for their depen¬ 
dents, it is a primarily budget-neu¬ 
tral measure and will have no effect 
on tuition rates. 

College consortium 
created 

The Small College Consortium 
(SCC) held its first meetings last 
month on campus. Organized by 
William Dobson ’94, the SCChopes 
to bring together the student gov¬ 
ernment leaders of 10 to L4 small 
New England liberal arts colleges. 
During the conference, financial aid 
and school budgets seemed to be of 
paramount concern. The SCC will 
reconvene at Amherst College in 
February. 

Renowned speakers visit 
Middlebury 

Dr. Betty Shabazz, widow of 
Malcolm X delivered a lecture on 
“The Status of Blacks and Women 
in Today’s Society” to a capacity 
crowd in Mead Chapel in April. 
This fall,PulitzerPrize winner Gary 
Synder came to Mead Chapel and 
delivered a lecture combining po¬ 
etry. and prose. Earlier that week, 
Bemadetter Me Aliskey spoke about 
the troubled situation in Northern 
Ireland and her role as a member of 
Parliament in the United Kingdom. 
In October, Dr. Jean Kilboume tack¬ 
led the ‘‘obsession with beauty and 
perfection” at Middlebury and other 
New England colleges. 

New Dorms renovation 
finally begins 

After months of delay, the much 
anticipated renovation of the New 
Dorms began in earnest. 

The project wait delayed several 
months because the original bids 
for the renovations came in too high. 
The project was scaled down and 
another round of bids was taken. 
After this long process, the job was 
awarded to Bread Loaf Construc¬ 
tion in Middlebury. 

Currently, Hadley is under reno¬ 
vation and is expected to be fin-, 
ished late this spring. Some of the 
windows in Hadley have beeo bro¬ 
ken by students in recent weeks, but 
others are being removed with the 
hope that they can be used else¬ 
where on campus. 

The entire area is partitioned, 
creating an atmosphere not unlike a 
penitentiary. If all goes according 
to schedule, the four New Dorms 
will be renovated by the fall of 
1995. 






NEWS 


Trong snares Rhodes Scholarship 


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able to do very well in the interview 
stage, a grueling part of the process. 
According to Trong, “the interview 
was hell, sheer, absolute, complete, 
utter hell.” 

She explained that trying to 
think of articulate arguments when 
seven interviewers were staring you 
down in order to break you was the 
most difficult aspect of the whole 
application process. 

Trong’s personal statement re¬ 
counted her childhood experience 
in Vietnam, and her return to her 
native country last spring after over 
15 years away. 

According to all that know her, 
this was a turning point in her life. 
Barbara Ganley, who has known 
Germaine since she first set foot on 
campus, said that“(Germaine 1 came 
face to face with her own history, 


ices there.” In fact, her time in Vietnam has ^ 1 

g’s experiences in Viet- convinced Trong that she will re- 'jfjffl 
iwever, meant more than turn there to continue studying 
fling home. While there, health care and women’s roles after m 
it time on a project study- her education is complete. She plans 
plight of women’s health to work towards a masters degree in 

comparative social research with a 

nterviewed health care of- focus on health care systems in de- t • ^ FRBfl 

ind spoke with over 60 veloping countries while at Oxford, ' 

going from house to house and may go on to attend law school. MBHM 
le poverty stricken canal Her return to Vietnam would focus 

of Saigon. on developing health care facilities ■ 

g came to many conclu- for women'ot^ a small-scale com- ■ 

irough her research. She munity level. ^^Bj 

:d a need for more commu- Trong views the Rhodes Schol- . I 

i between the social wel- arship as “not goal for me,” but M 

overnment agencies, and rather as a means to accomplish her JB 

rs of health care, and found goals. just speeds along the f a 

nen needed a stronger voice process,” said Trong. JB 

;ing out on issues and deci- Whatever doing, Jjt 

at directly concerned them, political science professor Allison 

Stanger said that “we’ll be hearing 

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IT belief reiterated by Ganley. 

system will only yield fewer re- Both professors also remarked fl 

suits. Many students may not take at Trong’s ability to criticize and 

the time to vote if left to their own evaluate the many facets of a Germaine Trong ’94 succeeds Taylor Fravel ’93 as the second 
devices. student s fifty her peers, her profes- Middle bury student in two years to be named Rhodes Scholar. 

While many students need to be sors, her education and most im- B-*ll a 

coerced into voting, “There is also portantly, herself. jL1.0I101*S Dill ^DDFOVGfl 

a group of students who want to Finally, when asked how her life * * 

vote and cannot get to the polls,” had changed since receiving the (continuedfrom page 1) on the whole and believed that it 

explained Dudley Winthrop, vice scholarship, Trong replied that it ing, “I don’t think it will because if “offered a much more viable solu- 

president of the SG A. was pretty much the same, except you compete, it will only be with tion and addresses one of the main 

Poison was confident about the that“peoplenowactuallycarewhat one or two people and this is not concerns the SGA had about the Ed 

change,saying,“lamconfidentthat I do in my spare time,” alluding to going to make a difference...Stu- Council s proposal, which was that 

the system will increase the num- the numerous interviews that she dents don’t come here to receive students would be on unequal foot- 

ber of votes, for three reasons. The has granted since being named. honors at graduation in the first ing due to the disparities in grad- 

The introduction ofthe SGA voting students will have more time to For the time being, however, place. 1 don’t think it will change ing.” Shedid acknowledge that tfiere 

system would also be a template by vote and won’t be limited to two Trong is still a Middlebury student how people beihave and study on could be increased competition 

which other groups could organize hours, those who aren’t around will with finals coming up. Asked how campus.” among the students, but believed 

polls and elections. be able to vote and students are she celebrated, she mentioned a Others felt that the SGA pro- that any system based on percent- 

Polson also believes that by al- familiar with phonemail voting al- brief drinking binge at Mr. Ups posal is unfair since it is not appli- ages would fostercompetition. Rep¬ 
lowing students to vote at their con- ready.” with some friends. Another cable to doubte and joint majors, resentative K.T. Briscoe also sup- 

venience over a twenty-four hour ‘it’shard to predict whether {the celebratory gesture was her pur- Without a traditional single major, ported the bill, believing that if 

period, the telephone system will new system) will have a positive or chase of a Macintosh Powerbook, there is no one department a stu- you do the work, it will be sup- 

“encourage maximum participation negative effect right now before spi item that she believes will come dent can be judged against. Like- ported by Chip’s system. We need 

from on and off-campus students.” it*sbeentriedout,”statedWinthrop. in handy in the archaic world of wise, departments with very few a system as a whole to beUeve in; 

One representative noted that one Poison hopes to have the system British education. people lack a statistically signifi- this is it” 

has to badger constituents to vote installed m time for the spring elec- She also mentioned a trip “to cant comparison group to make This system will only be used 

already and the use ofthe phonemail lions. that Elvis Presley place ... Earle’s formula applicable. Stu- for graduating seniors and will not 


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OPINIONS 


page5 



Hypocrisy overrides logic in single-sex jurisdiction rule 


For example, a school will ex- a Middlebury fraternity that de- cases involving infractions of these 
pect its students to be on their honor cided to fight the college’s ultima- rules. 

for take-home exams or papers, but turn to admit women or be dis- This is a judicial issue that in- 

proctor all in-class exams. Proctor- banded. Regardless of the outcome, volves the entire Middlebury com¬ 
ing exams assumes that cheating the college administration proposed muhity. If students are entrusted 

will occur with- a policy which would prohibit un- with the power to adjudicate on 

out it, yet, sur- recognized organizations, like both social and academic infrac- 

prisingly, this single-sex organizations, to associ- tions, why, then, do the deans have 

contradiction ate on or offthecampus,This policy sole authority on cases specifically 

escapes the was just approved last spring. One involving single-sex organizations? 

knowledge of important question that people Ordinarily, our judicial system 
many schools. failed to ask was how this policy allows students charged with in- 

11 owe ver, affects the judicial system. fractions of college social policy 

when members According to Middlebury’s new the choice to be heard either by the 

of the faculty at social policy, the Dean of Students deans or the students (Student Judi- 
Middlebury hears all violations involving single- cial Council). Harassment cases, as 

leave the room sex organizations. The issue at hand an exception, are carefully handled 

or schedule is not over the Student Judicial by the Harassment Committee, 

self-scheduled Council losing authority, or the which mediates more than it judges 

examinations, Council’s disagreement with the sensitive instances of harassment, 

they are exer- college’s tough stance on single- But no real explanation is given 
importance cising complete trust in its student, sex organizations. It is over the as to why students, who normally 

thecollege’s Recently, however, the college com- council’s duty to uphold all school have the right to choose a judicial 


cial Council, in 

association with If students are 
lhe ^T , " COm : entrusted with the 

mended several 

changestoclarify power to adjudicate Oil 

definitions and both social and 
jurisdiction in the , . . . 

judicial process, academic infractions, 
None of these why, then, do the deans 
have sole “nthority on 
Honor Code, cases specifically * 
This concerted involving single-sex 

effort, on the part . . _ 

of the college organizations? 


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Financial Aid is good 
but still imperfect 


piece by pointing 

out that the aver- ( uyn |\/| 
age household in- VJ1TV IT HUU 
come in the United I am writing in response to an 

States is roughly article by David Huneryager which 
$30,000 while tu- appeared in the Nov. 18 issue of The 
ition at Campus. Thearticle was titled “Din- 

Middlebury is ing hall food has possibilities.” I 
roughly $2S,000. was quite surprised to find this alto- 


theaggregate colleges (Le. Williams, Now, no one — 

number of tv,/*.) Ieastofall!—pre- 

students re- IU J ts b _ tends that 

ceiving aid. ——————— Middlebury is 

Over the past seven years (from some social welfare service aimed 


1985-86 to 1992-93), the number 
of students receiving some form of 
aid has jumped from 24.1 percent to 
33.4 percent. This is impressive. 

Nonetheless, as Brendan 
O’Leary acknowledges: “In com¬ 
parison toother liberal arts colleges 
of its size, Midddlebury has consis¬ 
tently had one of the lowest per¬ 
centages of students on grant aid— 
although the number is increasing.” 

Where Middlebury’s financial 
aid polices fare far better than that 
of its competitors is in the amount it 
gives per student and the amount it 
allocates to foreign students. The 
average grant as a percent of the 
comprehensive fee is 58.1 percent 
(or $13309). This in effect means 
that students on financial aid after- 
graduating from Middlebury will, 
on average, be appreciably less in- 


at eliminating all incongruities in 
society at large. Indeed, we all ad¬ 
mit that, in large part, Middlebury 
is an institution geared toward the 
education of America’sdlite. How¬ 
ever, a growing sense that the ever- 
widening disparities between the 
indigent and the affluent of this 
country is having adverse effects 
(in terms of economic competitive¬ 
ness as well as social well-being) 
has prompted the Board ofTrustees 
of this great school of ours to take 
action and increase the number of 
students on aid from>25 percent to a 
projected 40 percent My modest 
hope is that with the aid of a more 
far-sighted Federal Administration 
this percentage can increase to 50 
or 60. 

t' t 

..... Nick SakeUarios ’94 


gether undeserved attack on “the 
dreaded food service institutions of 
Middlebury College.” Perhaps 
David is accustomed to a life of 
high-brow restaurants and expen¬ 
sive gourmet dining. If so, David, 
then college is not the place for you. 

College food is, by necessity, 
mass-produced. There is just no 
other way that it can be done when 
there are almost two thousand stu¬ 
dents to be fed. 

Thus, the food that you get will 
not have all the amenities of a thou- 
sand-dollar-a-plate political 
fundraising platter. It would be en¬ 
tirely too costly and too time con¬ 
suming. 

However, the Middining staff 
does a terrific job with the time and 
the budget that it has: Though time 
does not afford the cooks the luxury 
of cleaning the grill between or¬ 
ders, the eggs are not as oily as you 
suggest 

In fact, they are quite good. As 
a student who works in the SDUs, I 


ity and the appeal of the food. As 
for the English muffins and the 

College food is, by 
necessity, mass- 
produced ... Thus, the 
food that you get will 
not have all the 
amenities of a 
thousand-dollar-a-plate 
political fundraising 
platter. It would be 
entirely too costly and 
too time consuming. 

slow toasters, well, you will just 
have to learn to be patient 

I will agree that the architecture 
of the dining halls leaves some¬ 
thing to be desired. They certainly 
' are not the Paris Opera House. How¬ 
ever, they do serve the intended 
purpose, and they are designed, I 


I am sorry that you feel so 
slighted by the dining options at 
this college. However, you must 
keep in mind that this is institu¬ 
tional food. I should add that many 
of my friends from other colleges 
have eaten the food at Middlebury, 
and they have all noted that it is 
several steps above that to which 
they are accustomed. 

The meals that Middinihg serves 
are based on the suggestions of the 
students themselves. Everyone has 
different tastes. 

If you are not happy with the 
selection, then fill out a comment 
card and make some suggestions 
about what you would like to see on 
the menu. It really is not that tough 
to play a part in the dining system 
here. All it takes is a positive alti¬ 
tude. 

And one more thing: waffle and 
peanut butler sandwiches are dis¬ 
gusting. 

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SGA needs to be streamlined 


The ultimate authority at Middlebuiy, like at almost every college, 
lies with the faculty ami administration. Because this is so, itis naive to 
think that the Student Government Association (SGA) actually governs 
students. The SGA can only make recommendations and adopt resolu¬ 
tions in lieu of any true legislative power, but this does not necessarily 
render students impotent under the iron fist of Old Chapel. The admin¬ 
istration has shown that it has confidence in groups such as the Commu¬ 
nity Council and the Student Judicial Council to make crucial decisions. 
If power is not guarded jealously by the administration, why is the SGA 
denied a share of it? 

Simply put, the SGA deserves about as much power as it currently 
wields. As the first semester of the academic year draws to a close, the 
SGA seems in disarray. Many representatives have remarked on the 
inane nature of several discussions, including one about the now- 
infamous walkway bill, which’sparked a debate spanning two meetings. 
The importance of the walkway is irrelevant; the real issue at hand is the 
perception of the SGA by the college community. Anyone who has 
attended recent meetings knows that the atmosphere has, at many times, 
been anything but serious. While many representatives would balk at a 
setting that was excessively formal, there is nothing undesirable about 
being an efficient organization. 

More so than in recent years, SGA meetings have been marked by 
disorder, and at ti mes have teetered on the brink of anarchy. A few weeks 
into this semester the SGA Chief of Staff conducted a review of 
parliamentary procedure to insure that meetings would run more 
smoothly. They have not. Instead it seems the entire parliamentary issue 
has become a running joke in the assembly and has further shaken the 
confidence that representatives have in the SGA leadership. 

While one may question how the quality of the meetings is related to 
a power struggle with the administration, the reasons become clear when 
the SGA is contrasted to the Community Council. Last year, when DU 
faced termination and off-campus fraternities were a possibility, every¬ 
one was surprised to see the amount of sway the council possessed. 
Many wondered how such powers, both enumerated and assumed, were 
ever granted to the council by the administration. One answer is because 
administrators sit on the council, but that is not the only one. 

Anyone who has attended a meeting of the Community Council 
knows that they are often boring, sometimes interesting, but almost 
always serious and mature. When they make a decision it means 
something and the members know it 

The SGA is not going to be as Effective as the Community Council 
any time soon for a number of reasons. The most apparent reason is sheer 
numbers. It is harder for 60 people to have a quality debate than it is for 
15. 

There are currently class, commons and academic department repre¬ 
sentatives. Just about everyone has three representatives, but many 
people would be hard pressed to name one of therti. Would anyone really 
be poorly served if the SGA was half the size it is now? 

I f the number of representatives is reduced, the number of candidates 
for each spot would increase. With more candidates and more compe¬ 
tition, voter turnout would rise as well. 

With more people voting and more people wanting to be representa¬ 
tives, the SGA would definitely become more worthy of the power 
students complain about not having. Imagine how much harder the 
representatives would work if they had to compete with others to earn 
the votes of their_jconstituents. Next, consider how representatives 
would be held accountable for their record in this competitive system. 
The whole thing sounds suspiciously like a government. 


Hunger week criticisms were flawed 


1 am writing in response to die 
assault on Hunger Awareness Week 
that was printed in the last issue of 
The Campus. It appears that the 
author of the opinion missed the 
whole point of die exercise. 

Never was it intended to make 
anyone feel guilty or to insult 
anyone's intelligence. It was an ef¬ 
fort to make people think about 
hunger issues and to give them a 
chance to do something construc¬ 
tive in dealing with those issues. 

When students signed up for the 
Oxfem/Fast for Action, they made 
a pledge to skip one or two meals in 
the dining halls on Nov. 18. the same 
day that thousands of other stu- 


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cated to providing emergency relief 
and long term solutions to hunger 
problems in the U.S. and abroad. 

The partnership project is help¬ 
ing fend the construction of a reser¬ 
voir and public faucets system in a 

remote mountain community out- 

.". . . ' ' " ~1 

It appears that the 
author of the opinion 
missed the whole point 
of the exercise. Never 
was it intended to make 
anyone feel guilty or to 
insult anyone’s 
intelligence. 

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side La Paz, Bolivia. This will pro¬ 
vide safe water for drialting and 


dent could do something to help 
fight hunger. But the point was not 
just to give your mooey and walk 
away. 

We wanted students to examine 
their own habits. Obviously not 
everyone throws away platefuls of 
rice everyday, but all you have todo 
is take a look in the garbage cans in 
the dishrooni and yon will be ap¬ 
palled at the amount of food that 
ends up there. 

No, saving that last piece ofbread 
won't help someone in Somalia, 
but by taking only what yon need, 
you set an example for other people 

The point is not to eat less; the 
point is to avoid getting into the 
habit of wasting food. Excuses such 
as “the server put too much on my 
plate,” arc unacceptable. Simply ask 
him or her to put some back. If 
you’re not sure you'll like some- 
Hung, uy i little more neaping it 


®fl e JHfobleburp Campus! 


Editor in Chiei 
James M.OIeske 


Friends pay last respects to their 
classmate, Deborah Edelstein ’96 

This is our final good-bye to our Dear Debby, smile. 

dear friend, Debbie Edelstein ’96. Deb, I loved you so deeply, as I cried when I heard the words; 1 

one loves a dear friend; I only wish could not believe them. How could 
Dear Debby, that you could have heard these your sweet life be over? How could 

All that I can say is that I love words once more. I love the times this tragedy have occurred?All that 
you — you are the best person that that we talked, and the times that we I am left with are memories of days 
Lever knew. . snuggled, but now all that I have gone by, memories of your smile, 

I do not know anyone else who left are memories. And it makes me memories oftbe times we shared. It 
would travel to Costa Rica to teach terribly sad. How do I go on?I wish is not fair. You were robbed of life, 
children how to brush their teeth. A that 1 could talk to you and share the Debby, I do not know how to 
final goodbye could never be said, thoughts that crowd my head. All end this. How can I? I certainly do 
I did not even know how to say that I am able to say is that you notwantto. You will always have a 
goodbye for a week-long break; should not have been the one; your place in my heart. A day will not 
how could I say goodbye for a life- time came much too soon. pass when the memory of you will 

time? Deb, I feel that my life is torn; not brighten my day. I miss you 

Dave Curry ’96 your memory is not all I want to be Deb, and I wish that you had never 
leftwith.Iwantyourhere;Iwantto left me. 

hear your hello; I want to see your Anton Janik '96 


























OPINIONS 


Aid benefits South African student 


Ship of Fools 


It is a great pleasure to me to been a very challenging time for 
write to you again this year, hoping me, taking into consideration my 
that you received my letter last year, educational background. But, at 
Obviously, as my sponsor, we have least, I have tried, through hard 
been together for a long time — work, to get this far. 
since 1987. And in all these previ- Presently, I can say that I am 
ous years you and the American doing well with LLB. Although 
institutions that have an interest in 
forwarding the education of the 
oppressed people in South Africa 
have been like a responsible parent Law where we, OS 

to me. I sometimes sit and think . ._. ._. . 

what I might have been without stu ^ ents > teach la 1 


life. And my family has accepted 
these incidents in this light 
On campus, things are going 
well. The merger between sporting 
and political organizations repre- 
there is a lot of work to do, at lea st senting students occurred last year. 

Now we have a non-racial student 
organization called SASCO which 
caters generally for the interests of 
students. Unity in sports is also 
taking the right direction. But much 
has to be done. 

Nationally, in the political sce¬ 
nario* all the eyes are looking at the 
outcome of CODESA. Will it take 
us to freedom or not? This is the 
main issue and there-is much con¬ 
troversy about it. But there is hope 
that things will work properly and 
smoothly towards a new, non-ra¬ 
cial, democratic, and non-sexist 
South Africa. And that we will over¬ 
come the problem of violence which 
is devouring human substance in an 
unbelievable way. 

As to next year I am still unde¬ 
cided. I have in mind two things. 
There is the question between go¬ 
ing to work to earn some salary for 
bringing my family up to standard; 
and having to do articles and a part- 
time Diploma in Taxation with the 
universities of either Cape Town or 
Natal. Be that as it may, I have to 
make up my mind before the end of 
this year. But I am more tempted to 
follow the latter option. Whichever 
it is, I will keep you informed. En¬ 
joy the rest of the year. Thank you 
once again. 


The Feminist Movement What and others are prejudiced because 
ideas does this conjure up in your ofignorance, lack of understanding 
mind? Equality for women? Inde- and antiquated views, 
pendence of women? Superiority Women often do have children 
of women? Equal pay for equal and choose not to return to work, 
work? Lesbianism? Abortion? This would seem a valid economic 
Unfortunately some vocal sec- concern for employers, but should 
tors of the feminist movement have hold no weight in our society, 
come to take on many characteris- Americans are highly transient and 
tics with which most women vehe- work at several different jobs dur- 
mently disagree. ing their lives — in most cases, a 

Sheila Cronen suggests that man is just as likely to leave a job as 
“since marriage constitutes slavery a woman, 
for women, it is clear that the With current technology, 
women’s movement must concen- women, who want both a career and 
trate on attacking marriage. Free- to stay home with their children can 
dom for women cannot be without do office work from the home, ex- 
the abolition of marriage.” The changing information with the Of- 
National Organization for Women fice through a simple personal com- 

Times Jan. 1988 issue states: “The puter and modem. Businesses 
simple fact is, every woman must should strive to extend these op- 

be willing to be recognized as a tions to more women who want to 

lesbian to be fully feminine.” stay home with their children and 
Regardless of your personal pursue a career, 
views on marriage or the lesbian Old prejudices continue tobreed 


Nkuhileko C. Ndzengu 


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Criticisms were flawed 


(continuedfrom page 6) but they must see things from a 

In the article, it is stated, "If we, broader perspective, 
the consumers, did not buy as much Awareness is the first step to- 

as we do, (the farmers] would pro- ward solving a problem like hun- 
test and go into financial ruin.” I do ger. Sure, people are aware there is 
not see that as a justification for a problem, but seldomdo they think 

wastefulness. about what it's really like to be 

Furthermore, much of the sur- hungry, or what can be done to help 

plus grains bought up by govern- solve the problems of hunger, 
ment to keep farmers in business The article suggested a few 
ends up rotting anyway. As Chap- things we can do, some of which 
lain Walsh said at the Hunger Ban- were discussed at the Hunger Ban¬ 
quet, if people make informed deci- quel, such as volunteering at a 
sions, whether in purchasing an item soup kitchen or writing to a 
or voting fora government official, congressperson. Hunger Aware- 
they will ultimately affect policy ness Week was a starting point to 
and the distribution of recourses, make people think about hunger 
The thought of the “I won’t make a issues, examine their own habits, 
difference” perspective multiplied and to encourage students to ask 
by 2,000 students should make questions and seek change, 
people cringe. 

People can make a difference, Lya Lipscomb ’99 


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OPINIONS 


Beware both the retreating left and the advancing right 


can with personal decisions better The greatest danger the Clinton 

Administration poses to this coun¬ 
try is not health care reform or gun 
control. Hillary Rodham Clinton is 
a very bright woman, but there is 
little she can dp that a Republican 
victory in 1996 could not rectify. 
The real threat to democracy stems 
from an ever-growing, ultra-con¬ 
servative faction of the Republican 
Party which derives its support from 
discontent with the Democratic 
Party. That threat is real and here 
for the duration. 

To quote the highly-celebrated, 
nearly-graduated columnist and 
thinker, Nick Sakellarios, “the dan- 


Recentelectionssuggestthatlib- off their shackles and jumped aboard first; we are not working towards a 
eralism is on the definite wane, the great (government-sponsored) 

From Virginia to New Jersey, from Bandwagon of Hope and Benevo- 
New York City to Los Angeles, lence. 

Democrats, fatefully wed to an Word to the unwise: it was the 
agenda no one can afford, are Ios- economy, stupid. No incumbent 
ing to conservatives who offer little president has ever reaped the ben- 
more than an alternative to excess efits of sluggish growth and high 
government unemployment. Clinton won be- 

White House officials may con- cause the milk and honey was run- 

tend that this rash of Republican ning low; his victory was a Repub- 
victories is little more than voter lict|n failure at best. CamelotRevis- 
backlash in a mid-term year. (Ad- ited' is a joke times two and the 
mittedly, Democrats made signifi- Democrats know it Point of the 
cantgainsinthe 1982 congressional hour: there is no Clinton mandate, 

elections.) However, the ’93 con- Where does this leave therest of 

servative comeback represents the country? The President has de- 
deeper political currents which dared war on America as We Know 
threaten to drown not only main- It: Little League, the free market, 
stream Democrats but moderate family values, etc., etc. Mainstream 
Republicans as well. America is turning right-ward; con- 

Pot-smoking, flag-burning, servatives are turning far-right- 
whore-mongering child of the ward. What was liberal yesterday is 
flower power sixties Bill Clinton is conservative today, so if you be- 
the self-proclaimed, post-Reagan, lieve in anything you are probably a 
post-Bush, post-politics-as-usual, conservative, 
post-white male ’90s president. His The White House has polarized 
progressivism is driven, above all, the middle class, and the middle 
by a self-righteous, deep-rooted class is voting Republican (again), 
contempt for American individual- The Reagan Democrats who gave 
ism, and Americans are beginning Clinton huge electoral victories in 
to wake up (as the recent elections New Jersey and California last No¬ 
well attest). vember are back with a vengeance. 

Clinton will argue that his viC- The good news is that the liberal 
tory is emblematic of a new chapter tide has ebbed, 
in American history. After twelve ... The bad news is that Pat 
yearsoftrickledownandjellybeans Buchanan is more popular today 
and sexual harassment, honest, tax- than he was a year ago. 
paying, hard-working men and The federal government has 
womyn all across America threw failed. We are not putting people 


Pot-smoking, flag-burning, whore-mongering 
child of the flower power sixties BUI Clinton is 
the self-proclaimed, post-Reagan, post-Bush, 
post-politics-as-usual, post-white male ’90s 
president. 


Peter Savodnik *94 


Adrift in a Ship of Fools 


(continued from page 7) the wife, it is most important to talk 

Before some of you get all ex- t 0 the husband—the husband would 

cited — I am making characteriza- prefer to rea d the newspaper or “do 

tions that hold in most cases; there something.” 
are, of course, exceptions. People often believe that if oth- 

Men tend to be better at dealing ers different, they must be infe- 
with quantitative problems and r Gender-based differences in 
reading a road map, for example, communication styles, ways of 
As well, men tend to be a lot more thinking, and strengths and weak- 
competitive. Many couples have nesses have resulted in stereotypes 
trouble playing board games be- that are slow tofade. The problem from home. Feminist leaders also 
cause the man wants to win, win, j s one of ignorance and unwilling- 
win and the woman simply wants to t0 , 

share some time with him. Women ^ superiority. People need to un¬ 
tend to have better inter-personal derstand and accept these differ- 
skills and to remember names and _ this would help reduce j 

detailed stories better. unwarranted prejudice. 

Some men think that women are Some feminist groups are dis- 

inferior or stupid because men and mayed that so many women choose Picking up The Campus last 
women have different ways of ( 0 s tay home and raise their chit- week I was amazed to see so much 
thinking and communicating. Men dren. Women should choose to stay biid-bashing. 1 am writing about 
are more prone todisassociate them- home and raise their children if that Bolero’s “Little Bird” that roosts 
selves from and rationalize a prob- » what they want. Couples should outside the Arts Center, 
tem, whereas most women are more have as many options as possible Perhaps I have missed some- 
likely to jump into the problem and and be able to choose. People face thing, but to me the bird is pure fun. 
reacton feelings. Neither approach many tough decisions in their lives. “What ajoyfiilly innocuous piece,” 
is better, though die most effective ^ couple must make a joint deci- I thought. Seeing the sculpture for 
would probably be to do both. sion about what is best for (hem and the first time I was really amused. 

Men tend to use communication their children. The husband or wife Imagine, a sparrow with the feet of 
to simply impart information, can opt not to work; the couple's an elephant I laughed to think of it 
Women see conversation as a fun- parents can help; one of the parents soaring gracefully on thermals 
damental part of a relationship. Men can wor k from home during the above the Green Mountains—sort 
tend to use a direct communication day; t he children can go into of like a hippopotamus trying to 
style. Women tend to use a more daycare, etc. hang glide. I get a kick out of walk- 

indirect style. It is by no means an easy deci- ing by it. To me it is friendly and 

Men prefer to “do things.” s i on for many couples, but there radiates good humor. 

Women prefer to talk ... It is for should be traditional as well as in* So I was amazed to hear it de¬ 
reasons of communication style that novalive solutions among which scribed in The Campus as “gro- 
women often complain that their they can choose. tesque” and “an eyesore ” Amazed, 

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listen. As well. 


McCARDELL’S CHRISTMAS CAROL 


women innovative ways to work ing-tbeir children. through education. The goals of the 

As well, most women do not feminist movement should be to 
need to represent the interests of the view marriage as slavery, nor do increase understanding among 
understand, not inferiority average woman better, real izing that they view men as predators. Lead- people, reduce discriminationand 

a number of women prefer to de- ers also need to strive to eliminate increase options for women and 
vote a portion of their lives to rais- gender-based discrimination their families. 

Defending the Art Center’s fat fowl 

less objectionable. Sometimes it moral message, but does art always 
seems like there is an anti-intellec- have to be earth shattering? Can’t it 
tual attitude here at Middlebury that just amuse and entertain? 
reacts reflexively against the Arts The bird is unpretentious and 
Center and other things artistic. fun. Lighten up and look again! 

7 No, the bird is not high art. 1 do 
not find any profound social or Nicholas Walter’94 


King parody offends 


to try to ensure th 
many options as 


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pege9 




about is pure energy. I’m talking 
about electricity. We are the type of 
electrical field that can jump-start a 
generation. We will inspire this 
country.” 

In the classroom, Teach For 
America members have the same 
amount of control that any certified 
teacher would have. They create 
the structure of their classes, and 
generally encourage their students 
to ask for extra help if necessary. 
All teachers have to work for a 
minimum of two years, after which 
they must decide whether to con¬ 
tinue or move on to something else. 
Many corps members go on to re¬ 
cruit prospective teachers at col¬ 
leges across the country. In order to 
apply, students must have com¬ 
pleted their Bachelor of Arts de¬ 
gree with a grade point average no 
lower than 2.5. They must be an 
American citizen or have obtained 
authorization to work in this coun¬ 
try from the U.S. Immigration Ser¬ 
vices. Finally, applicants need to 
take the National Teachers Exam 
Core Battery. 

Although a teacher is only re¬ 
quired to work for two years, Teach 
For America is a I ife-long endeavor. 
A special bond is formed between 


corps members, and there are fre¬ 
quent reunions. Despite the fact that 
they are no longer teaching, former 
teachers share a promise to strive 
for social improvement in every 
aspect of their lives. The teaching 
sites for corps members are under¬ 
privileged areas where education 
has never been a top priority. The 
belief in strength in numbers is com¬ 
mon to the corps. 

In the past three years, fourteen 
Middlebury graduates have been 
accepted into the Teach For 
America family, and have been sent 
to locations across the country; from 
New York City to the Mississippi 
Delta to Los Angeles. 

The corps will continue to re¬ 
cruit from Middlebury, looking 
ahead to the 1994 application pe¬ 
riod. In addition to the opportunity 
to help children and the satisfaction 
of teaching, there is the attraction of 
being enveloped into an instant fam¬ 
ily. They share the passion of a 
group working towards a common 
goal, realizing that it will be many 
years before there is any noticeable 
improvement, but staying true to 
the ideal that the children in America 
today will one day be this country’s 
future. 


Even when the walkways outside are not slippery, the steps in 
Proctor can be treacherous. This student learns the hard way. 


tab. i 

Here’s proof. My first year here 
I lived in Battell, and my roommate 
and I never, ever turned on our 
radiator because our room always 
maintained an equator-like tempera¬ 
ture. Granted, every bit of moisture 
was sucked out of our bodies by the 
dryness of the heat, but 1 would 
prefer that to my current situation. I 
am writing this article huddled be¬ 
neath an old lady-ish, plaid wool 
afghan, because in Forest, the heat 
comes on maybe twice a day, for 
about three minutes, tops. This oc¬ 
curs after an ominous clanking noise 
that makes it sound like the entire 
building is going to blow up. 

When the heat does come on, it 


is usually duringthe afternoon when 
sunlight is streaming through the 
windows, and it feels positively 
tropical. I think there is some sadis¬ 
tic creature in charge of the mecha¬ 
nism, some little, gnarled old man 
cadging away madly in his subter¬ 
ranean home next to the laundry 
room, pushing a giant red button 
marked HEAT, only when it is 
above 65 degrees inside. 

Maybe I am the only one experi¬ 
encing this problem. Perhaps the 
rest of Forest is populated by strap¬ 
ping, hot-blooded, young bucks and 
buck-eUes who find the tempera¬ 
ture perfectly comfortable. A dorm 
doidrum that everyone can relate to 
(continued on page II) 


into inner city schools 


MARK FELDMAN 


Look Who’s 
Talking 


It’s beginning to look a lot 
like Christinas. 

Big, fat, hairy deal. First of 
all, for me, December means 
studying my head off for final 
exams. It means wind chill fac¬ 
tors of negative two hundred 
and forty degrees Kelvin and 
frostbite on my toes. It also 
means dopey decorations all 
over the place. Of course, it 
doesn’t help that I’m Jewish, 
either. 

After being here for four 
years, I guess I’m used to spend¬ 
ing Hanukkah in Middlebury, 
but let me tell you, it ain’t like' 
the old days. No matter how 
late we get out of here, (I think 
my last final is during the middle 
of J-term this year), Santa fans 
will always get to celebrate 
Christmas at home. However, 
Channukah starts Dec. 8 this 
year, which means Jews across 
campus will be lighting the 
menorah during one of the most 
stressful periods in their lives. 
Listening to every radio station 
play Christmas carols twenty- 
four hours a day makes things a 
whole lot easier too, let me tell 
you. 

The thing which really 
amazes me about this place is 
how little some people know 
about Jewish culture. I mean, I 
can tell you all about Jesus and 
his twelve opossums. But 
around here, if I say something 
like, “It’s too schmaltzy,” 
people look at me funny. 1 have 
friends who think Jews sing 
Hava Nagila. for every single 
one of our holidays. Just to set 
the record straight, Hava Nagila 
is a song of rejoicing sung by 
Jewish parents after their chil¬ 
dren have all graduated from 
college and have real jobs. 

I think what I love most of 
all is Middlebury’s attempt to 
be multicultural. In case any¬ 
one in charge is reading, we do 
noteat matzoh during Hanukah. 
The truth is, Jews don’t even 
like matzoh. It’s just one of 
those silly traditions that never 
died, kind of like a circumci¬ 
sion, only less traumatic. If the 
people in Proctor really want to 
impress us, why not devote a 
section to cold cuts. You know, 
a little pastrami, some corned 
beef.ruggulah. that sort of thing. 

But anyway, ‘tis the season, 
so they say, so 1 guess all of us 
chosen people will have to — 
to quote the Middlebury ver¬ 
nacular — suck up and deal . 
Weknow Middlebury embraces 
diversity. Everyday in Decem¬ 
ber asl walk past Mead Chapel, 
gazing upon the two story 
(continued on page 12) 


Teachers inject energy 


By Jennifer Kuli 

Teach For America is a program 
that provides college graduates with 
the chance to fulfill their dreams in 
the field of education. The goal of 
the organization is to improve the 
educational systems of underprivi¬ 
leged areas in the United States by 
fueling them with passionate young 
teachers. 

The program leaders emphasize 
that fact that one does not need to 
have taken teacher education 
courses. What is required is the 
desire to teach and the ability to 
excite students to learn. Graduates 
involved in the program come from 
various academic backgrounds and 
majors. Most of the applicants do 
not consider teaching to be a per¬ 
manent career choice. However, the 
opportunity to improve the social 
quality of this country through edu¬ 
cation became an idea that they 
could notresist. Teach For America 
is known as the national teaching 
corps, whose recruits are mainly 
recent graduates with strong tran¬ 
scripts and a diverse background. 

Ultimately, the corps searches 
for men and women that will be 
open to new ideas and are able to 
accept the challenge of foreign situ¬ 


ations. New corps members go 
through a training period called the 
Pre-Service Institute. This provides 
them with rudimentary education 
skills, as well as practice teaching 
experience. After commencement 
from the institute , the newly-trained 
teachers are located at their specific 
sites, where they undergo a period 
of orientation before being launched 

“...there was some sort 
of commonality which 
graced each corps 
member. Vm not 
talking about intellect 
or social skills. What 
Vm talking about is 
pure energy.” 

into classroom situations. 

Jason Levy, a member of the 
corps in 1993, relates his passion 
about the program in his commence¬ 
ment speech, saying, “I have thought 
since day one of this process that 
there was some sort of commonal¬ 
ity which graced each corps mem¬ 
ber. I’m not talking about intellect, 
or social skills. What I’m talking 


Senior warns students 
of the perils of winter 


By Jennifer Duffy 

‘Tis the season to be jolly, goes 
the old saying. In reality, for us 
students, t’isn’t. This is the season 
of much stress; the end-of-semes- 
ter-crunch when papers, presenta¬ 
tions and exams are all due on the 
same day and everything tends to 
get on our nerves, even things out¬ 
side of the sphere of work. In my 
case, this past week has brought 
about a series of annoyances which 
I will refer to. as The Three D’s: 
Disease, Diggers and Dorm dol¬ 
drums. 

Let us begin with disease. Dur¬ 
ing this time of year, sickness be¬ 
comes more prevalent, and more 
inconvenient I am speaking of the 
Middlebury Plague, or Ague. What¬ 
ever you call it, we have all experi¬ 
enced it 

Whenever one person at the col¬ 
lege gets a cold, it spreads like 
wildfire up and down hallways, and 
through classrooms. It is impos¬ 
sible to avoid—you go to class and 
have the misfortune to sit next to 
someone who has a nasty case of 
Whooping Cough. Fortunately for 
us, drugs are provided free at the 
health center. I have recently armed 
myself with a fistful of Sudafed 
strips, and will soon be making a 
lozenge run. Some more advice for 
these desperate, diseasy times — 
try and eat a square meal at Proctor 
(ha!), and get some serious shut¬ 
eye. 

These too, are digger times. 
Actually, it may be a little bit early 
to be worried about Digger Season 
because there is no snow yet, but 
my mind is on the subject because I 
had a nearly catastrophic foot-book 
while canying my tray up the stairs 
in Proctor this week. Also, for a few 
days there was a digger heaven right 
outside my front door—the gaping 


chasm in front of Forest (more on 
this later). I think it is written in 
some Middlebury book of com¬ 
mandments that inevitably, before 
graduation “thou shalt dig, and dig 
muchly.” If it isn’t a tray trip-up, 
then it will definitely occur during 
ice season. 

Perhaps 1 am more wary than the 
next person because 1 am out of 
winter-walk practice, due to spend¬ 
ing last year in the temperate climes 
of England However, digger dan¬ 
ger is something we all must strive 
to protect ourselves from. My ad¬ 
vice is this — don’t become over¬ 
confident when maneuvering the 
staircase in Proctor. I will never 
forget one Parent’s Weekend when 
a cocky mother carried her tray up 
single-handedly, and then paid the 
price for her foolishness. Also, when 
the ice and sleet arrive, I plan to 
walk only in the snow, knowing 
that a Higher Being could choose to 
have me face-plant at any moment. 

Finally, during these stressful 
weeks, if you don't have disease or 
digger problems to contend with, 
there are always the dorm doldrums 
to be dealt with. As we all know, 
living in a dorm can become a bit 
trying at times. For me, my per¬ 
sonal space is very important — 
however, at the moment my per¬ 
sonal space is very cold. Let me 
share my theory about heating the 
dorms at Middlebury. The powers 
that be figure that the closer we get 
to graduation, the less heat we de¬ 
serve. The reason behind this? Se¬ 
niors. for example, only have so 
much tuition left to pay, so why 
worry about their comfort level? 
On the other hand, it is imporiant to 
make sure that those first-year stu¬ 
dents bask in the warmth of a well- 
heated home, so that they stick 
around to pay the entire $100,000+ 





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page 10 


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- Thursday, December 9,1993’ 



n has coihe a long way 


Once a troublemaker, Matt 


L: Great white sharks. Tiffany ciafiin 

Q: Is it annoying when people Matt Longman keeps platform shoes hidden in his closet, waiting 
introduce you as “the guy who f or t h e day when bell-bottoms come back in style. 


hangs out with Hieu a lot?” -- 

L: No, it’s an honor. squirrel. 

Q: If you could go back to Q: What do you think of a new 
when you were a first-year stu- slogan for the Commons System, 
dent, what would you do differ- “The Commons System, It’s Bet- 
ently? ter Than Sex Sometimes?” 

; L> Stress less, have more fun. L: (thinks for a long time) I’ll 
And try more things. have to get back to you on that one. 

Q: You ever do a body shot? Q: Who’s your idol? 

L: No, but I’m interested, L: Frank Kelly and Nigel Tufnel. 

Q: You think bell bottoms are Q: Have you ever been ar- 

gofng to come back? “ rested? 

L: l hope so because then I can L: No, but I’ve come close, 

wear mine to work with my plat- Q: Do you believe in reincar- 

form shoes. nation? 

Q: Tell me a deep dark per- L: Definitely, 

sonal secret that would really Q: What are your future 

embarrass you Ifit was printed in goals? 
a college newspaper. L: To be like Hieu. 

L: Sometimes, I think that I’m a Q: Have you ever locked the 


How do you feel about the proposed 
concrete walkway from Munroe to 
McCullough? 


door to your office, stripped down 
to your underwear, and started 
lip-synching to that song, “Old 
Time Rock and Roll?” 

L: Yes. 

Q: If you could change one 
thing about yourself, what would 
it be? 

L: To be a better guitar player 
and have a decent haircut. 

Q: Do you have an innie or an 
outie? 

L: Innie. 1 

Q: And finally, if Ann Craig 
Hanson and Wonder Woman got 
into a fight, who do you think 
would win? 

L: I’d bet my GPA on Ann 
Hanson. 


■ Sarah Maroim’95 

“There are better ways the 
school could spend their money.” 


■ Brooke Capps *97 

“Let the students suffer! 


Bobolinks sing at the annual tree4ighting ceremony 


The holiday season kicked into gear with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in front of 
McCullough. The Bobolinks brought holiday cheer by caroling far the frostbitten crowd who 
gathered far hot chocolate and cider. The event was sponsored by Cook Commons. 





VOICES 








page 11 


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FEATURES 



Sherwood Society fundraises for local charities 


By Lee Chikote Usually a member or worker in who spoke at the original benefit at the biannual parties. 

The Sherwood Society began the sponsored organization speaks Woody’s invited the members of Althoughstudentsunder21may 

about three years ago when a group at the party. This year’s speaker the Sherwood Society to a meeting not be able to attend the Sherwood 
often seniors came upon the idea to from the Evergreen House invited of her church congregation. Here Society’s parties, the organization 
ask local businesses to donate food interested students to come to the they were introduced to the congre- is always interested in new mem- 
and money, hire a band or deejay, Evergreen House for dinner a few gation members and were told of bers, regardless of age. 
and then invite the senior class (and nights later. The speaker’s invita- the results their project‘it was just To get involved in the planning 

anyone else of drinking age) to a tion gave people the opportunity to a nice way for the students and of these events, and to contribute 
party held at Woody’s, who do- see the house and discuss the ways townspeople to meet,” one student something to the community, call 
nated the space for free. Money in which their money and time said, “the students and the town Dick Cameron or James Wilcox, 
raisedfromtheSherwoodSociety’s would be spent. never intermingle.” “It’s become a active members of the Sherwood 

events is donated to selected chari- Accordingto one member of the kindoftradition,”amembersaidof Society, 

ties. Sherwood Society, “It was just the fywtfh-w* fU'/t/yf'/lltf 

For thi s fall’s event, Otter Creek most incredible experience. They IwJ. li/HJ I DKUmTI t/// C/f ij 

donated the beer, Pizza Cellar do- were so appreciative.” Members of • j . 

nated pizzas and the social houses the society were shown around the Jj. ~ff\. @ 

gave money for a deejay. Party- Evergreen House and were given a ^ 

goers are charged ten dollars at the chance to view its daily activities By Katherine Callaghan are continuously becoming avail- 
door. Students can relax and have a — many of the handicapped adults We’ve all seen the signs and able. 

good time, knowing that their were present. heard the phonemail about student A black folder in the Career 

money is going to a worthy cause as After volunteers who cared for externships, but how many know Counseling and Placement Office 

well as providing beer and pizza for the adults explained their duties, what they actually are (besides a holds all of the possibilities, and 

the night. some of the residents shared their play on the word “internship”)? students are free to browse. Inter- 


If you happened to be in an¬ 
other country and somebody 
asked you toexplain Thanksgiv¬ 
ing, what would you say? It 
sounds silly to say it’s a holiday 
that Americans celebrate by eat¬ 
ing as much as possible. Call me 
crazy, but I’ll accept a turkey 
dinner without asking too many 
questions about why it’s on my 
plate. For me, the true meaning 
of Thanksgiving was lost a long 
time ago among the stuffing and 
mashed potatoes. My biggest 
concern on the last Thursday in 
November was securing a place 
at the table which was nowhere 
near the bowl of squash. 

Due to the gluttony of the 
first nineteen years of my life, I 
was speechless when Irish people 
started asking questions about 
my native holiday. “I thought 
Thanksgiving was celebrated on 
the Fourth of July,” commented 
a particularly loquacious taxi 
driver who also wanted to know 
why there are fifty stars on our 


“No, we have the turkey in 
November. We have barbecues 
on the Fourth of July, com on the 
cob, hamburgers...” 

“And what’s that day for?” 

“Um, independence, I think.” 
I was starting to sweat in the 
backseat. This guy wasn’t going 
to give up. 

“So, Thanksgiving is about 
those monks ... priests — no, 
pilgrims! It’s pilgrims, yeah? 
What were they up to again?” I 
pretended not to hear the ques¬ 
tions. I’m still not used to taxi 
drivers in Dublin, who drive 
black lories, wear tweed caps 
and ask questions about your 
personal life. From growing up 
outside New York City, I’m ac¬ 
customed to yellow checker cabs 
driven by people with beaded 
seat covers who seem to derive a 
sullen pleasure from coming as 
close as possible to killing their 
clientele without actually doing 
it. 

Anyway, this particular driver 
reminded me of the Mayflower 
and its crew, who survived the. 
first winter in Massachusetts with 
the help of the Indian popula¬ 
tion. (I know they are called 
Native Americans nowaday s, but 
they were still called Indians 
when I learned about them.) The 
last time I thought ofThanksgi v- 
ing in conjunction with the pil¬ 
grims was back in elementary 
school when the first dinner was 
the subject of a particularly bor¬ 
ing school play. The subject con¬ 
fused me; I never understood 
whether or not it was linked with 
the Last Supper, which I studied 
in religion class around Easter. 
In this play, 1 was a relatively 
minor character—probably like 
the pilgrim Who gets stuck wash¬ 
ing the dishes. Of course the kid 
with the loudest mouth got to be 
Indian chief. He got to wear 
feathers in his hair while I plod¬ 
ded around the construction pa¬ 
per set wearing clunky buckle 
(continued on page 12) 


(continued from page 9) heat, if there’s too much of it, strip, 

however, is noise. For me, it didn’t If there is too little, wrap yourself 
help that B&G decided to tunnel up like a mummy and drink lots of 
down to the earth’s core below my warm beverages — especially rec- 
window this week. Why it was ommended is the Crest Room cof- 
necessary todigaten-foot-deephole fee. ♦ 

to replace four flagstones on the This will produce in you a caf- 
walkway, I do not know. One of feine frenzy, a sensation conducive 
life’s little mysteries. to doing work, and forgetting your 

In general, however, everyone discomfort, albeit eating away a 
has neighbors on either side of them, few layers of your stomach lining at 
down the hall, or as in my case, the same time, 
below them that have different mu- For noise, you can invest in a 
sical tastes and.decibel require- trendy little white-noise machine 
ments. which looks like a spaceship and 

Whoever these youngsters are, makes a comforting whooshing 
they have a stereo with Mega-Su- noise. 
per-Killer Bass capacity. This means Or just pick up and leave, 

that at a certain volume, my floor These are tough times for us 
vibrates, literally. students, but be strong, buck up and 

I don’t want to moan too much, don’t let the three D’s (or whatever 
however. There are solutions to you want to call these miseries) get 
these dorm-related problems. For you down. 


By Mark Feldman enjoying retirement to the fullest. 

For first-year students, he is just His house is located on a knoll 
a name. For the rest of us, he was a which overlooks fields in every di¬ 
permanent fixture in the Middlebury rection. If you have ever seen the 
College community. But last year, movie “Reid of Dreams," then you 

Frank Kelley retired and stepped can imagine the beauty and serenity KgUgy en j oys relirement and 

down from the long-held position of his home. ______________- 

of Director of Residential Life. Kelley lives with his wife, Ann, creeping over his land using his 
Many of us were saddened to see and spends much of his time attend- hands and an old tractor. He also 

him go, but so far, only good things ing to the fields and woods. Kelley has a bam which he repainted over 

have been said and done by the new told me, “I enjoy retirement. I miss the summer with the help of Hieu 

residential life duo, Kathy Follert it (his former job!, but I’ve man- Nguyen. “I can paint uptoacertain 

and Hieu Nguyen. aged to stay busy.” ‘comfort’ level, then I don’t like to 

Where has the legend gone? Out on the countryside, Kelley go any higher. Hieu is a like a god 
Where is the man who spent much remarks on the various wild-life to me. He would just reach out and 

of his time in Battell, talking to which often stray near the house. 1 couldn’t bear to look.” 

students who were forced to sit on One time he came home to find a Mr. Kelley still keeps in touch 
the chair with the broken arm? fox sitting near the front stoop. “It’s with the college community but he 

Frank Kelley is alive and well, like Wild Kingdom here " enjoys being able to work around 

He ifves in Cornwall, a mere five Frank Kelley spends much of the house and having the time to 

minuter from Middlebury. and is his time keeping die woods from read. “1 never had the chance to 


• many uanm 


page 12 


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Thursday, December 9,1993 



Feldman’s Look Who’s Talking:What’s up with Santa? 


the Baron Von Jerkmeister who tries worst labor pains in the history of ance of sugar plum fairies dancing outthere, who might be feeling a bit 

m- to bum all the toys in town because womankind, I don’t get it. And in my head. So may all you Santa isolated and downcast, cheer up. 

in- he hates Christmas. what’s with the actual gifts in the fails have a merry Yuletide (what- Even though we may never figure 

sh However, even though I risk song? Ifsomeone presented me with ever that is) and enjoy the figgy out how to spell Hannakah cor- 

ize alienating most people around here twelve piper’s piping and eleven pudding and try not to be too rectly, we can still wish each other 

by (what do I care? I’m out of here maids a-milking—(or whatever the naughty(Iikefatso’sgotacluewhat a good one. Ifyou want, stop by my 

t, I after January), I just don’t like Santa, heck the numbers are, it’s not like I you’re doing behind locked doors), room. Matzoh on me. 

:o- First of all, the whole idea of one everreallypaidattentiontothesong, And for all you children of Israel L’chaim. 

/as guy delivering toys to the entire it goes on for like, twenty minutes, np 1 fwAltl A/'lk 

worldisjustabitofastretch. Maybe just repeating the same dumb verses X3.JLCS 1170111 xTLD.TOdCl 
eir I’m the only one with their eyes overandoveruntilyoujustwantto 

ay. open around here but, guess what cry out in agony)—wouldn’t that (continuedfrom page 11) said. “Really, it’s just,a day when 

re. folks? Santa Claus is really fat. 1 be considered slavery by most indi- shoes. Mind you, this was the early you eat so much that you wish your 

-en mean, whoever said he was jolly oP viduals?Imean,it’sgottobeilIegal eighties — before the resurgence jeans had an elastic waist.” I didn’t 

in plump wasn’t kidding around. The somewhere — you just can’t give of heavy seventies platforms— stay long at my history lecture, just 

trs. guy’s a house. He’d probably get people away as gifts. and white Capezias really were the long enough to ask someone to take 

ent winded after five minutes on a And another thing, what is egg- only way to go. The play went notes for me, and then I crept out 
bly Stairmaster and you expect him to nog?Everyyear,Ihearaboutpeople well; before we were released for the back door while my professor 

ver go jumping down several million falling down dead with food poi- Thanksgiving vacation, the teacher was pouring himself a cup of tea. 

we chimneys in a twenty-four hour soning from bad eggnog and it be- said so but warned us not to poke As a matter of fact, I skipped all of 

us period? Let’s get with the program, hooves me to understand exactly our heads out from behind the cur- my classes on Thanksgiving. I am 

ish Of course, I’ve heard a lot of why it’s still such a popular Christ- tain in the upcoming holiday con- such adiligent observer of Ameri- 

;lle criticism regarding Moses and the mas tradition (I guess it’s sort of certThenshesaidsomethingabout. can national holidays that I declared 

ne. parting of the Red Sea. Okay, fine, like the Catholic’s version of mat- remembering our pilgrim fathers aday of rest. Veteran’s Day as well, 

illy somaybe the original story of Moses zoh). during Thanksgiving dinner, but I Even from the other side of the 

:ar- leading the Israelites out of Egypt Getting back to Santa Claus, why was so busy lugging home a paper Atlantic, I am a true patriot, 

ec- was a tad over-embellished. Still, do some books refer to him as St mach6 fruit cornucopia that I hardly Normally, I spend Thanksgiv- 

■eal it’s not like old Moe was flying Nick? My theory is that there are heard. ing afternoon eating peanuts and 

4 ,y around with eight tiny reindeer at ’"Yeally two guys. One is the big fat Incidentally, because it was still watching the Macy’s parade on tele- 

like the time. Like that really happened. Santa we all recognize from the the early eighties, I don’t think the vision. This year, I found myself at 

ler- Honestly, I don’t see why more shoppingmalls.Theotherguy, who teacher was politically correct a reception for American students, 

an Jews don’t celebrate Christmas. If calls himself St. Nick, is really a enough to say anything about the held by ambassador Jean Kennedy 

de- you think about it, the true meaning tall, skinny business executive who pilgrim mothers. Either way, I’m Smith. The Kennedy home in 

sm. of Christmas is a day which com- operates from a comer office in certain I didn’t give thanks to any- Dublin even bigger than the one 

and memorates the birth of a nice Jew- lower Manhattan and organizes the one that year, except maybe my across the street, which belongs to 

hey ish boy in Bethlehem. Why acquisition and distribution of all Aunt Helen for giving me the big- President Mary Robinson and looks 

?)I shouldn’t we appreciate the holi- Christmas gifts and services on the gest slice of pumpkin pie. suspiciously like our own White 

;pe- day? Which brings me to a point Big Night. His real name by the The worst part about being in House. 

r on which has confused me for years, way, is Arnold Fleischman. Ireland for Thanksgiving was cel- I shook hands with a bunch of 

the What’s the deal with the song, “The With that said, it’s time I hit the ebratingwithoutpumpkinpie.They people, including the ambassador 

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Thursday, December 9,1993 


ARTS 


pace 13 


Vindicating the messy masterpiece 


Alex QroMnwn 


The architectural pastiche that is the Middlebury Arts Center. 

The Funktet transcends 


By Lewis Robinson 

The fact is this: the best things 
at Middlebury are elusive. They do 
not come easily, and are often hid-' 
den. Enlightenment does not al¬ 
ways appear in the form of a large 
yellow truck barreling down a dirt 
road in Cornwall. Sometimes, how¬ 
ever, it does. 

The Funktet, the ecstatic re- 
amalgamation of the “So Called 
Jazz Sextet,” happened to be play¬ 
ing oh that dirt road. It is known by 
some that they occasionally gather 
to blow steam and muster cash. 
There is, however, another secret 
motive which brings them together: 
the search for true artistic com¬ 
munion. 

Without fully realizing this ul¬ 
terior motive, the funk-needy of 
Addison County stumbled through 
mud and pasture towards a certain 
concrete grain silo hidden by dark¬ 
ness. As we came closer, some 
heard the hints of a horn. Then a 
cymbal. Finally, and most trium¬ 
phantly distinctive, a heavy base 
line slapped. Was there hope in this 
pastoral cow bam? 

At the door, a large man with a 
large beard asked for money. We 
had heard the band was hungry, 
and while we were already dazed 
by the music’s faint rumblings, we 
complied without thinking. Behind 
the bearded man was another 
bearded man, naked, having des¬ 
perately stripped off his clothes. 
“It’s hot up there,” he warned us. 

There was no way to enter into 
this Dionysia self-consciously; a 

narrow staircase delivered us some¬ 
what disoriented, but obviously 
willing, into the room where the 
band was (Haying. The musk took 
u$ whole bog, immediately and 
thoughtlessly. 


Heat was a key factor. In the 
small loft above where cows had 
roamed, the musicians, now decked 
in oversized dark glasses and wide¬ 
ly continued on page 15) 


By David Hamilton 

The new Bolero “Bird” sculp¬ 
ture, which has recently alighted on 
the Arts Center'lawn, provides an 
excellent avenue through which to 
examine the formal, conceptual and 
practical virtues and vices of this 
new addition to the Vermont archi¬ 
tectural ensemble. Although the 
Arts Center has been in a state of 
semi-completion for over a year 
now, it is the installation of this 
sculpture which has prompted this 
article, an analysis of the Arts Cen¬ 
ter as a cultural monument. 

The oft-derided sculpture offers 
an acute analysis of its own which, 
the author feels, must be refuted. 
Botero’s opinion of the architec¬ 
tural setting of his piece is eluci¬ 
dated through a subtle geometric 
relation between the. “Bird’s” 
prominent anus and the front door 
of the Arts Center. Simply put, the 
multi-ton “Bird” is captured and 
distilled by Botero in the instant of 
crapping on the building. This crys¬ 
tallization of the popular sentiment 
forces the author to offer his own 
opinion. 

The Arts Center is nothing to 
poopon. This is a compelling build¬ 
ing whose multi-layered allusions 
have remained cryptic to most of 
the campus. Perhaps, the wide¬ 
spread bitterness of many depart¬ 
ments toward the Arts Center has 
closed your minds. Perhaps, you 
are all metaphor-challenged Cro- 
Magnons who wouldn't know an 
allusion if it bashed in your under¬ 
evolved skulls (unless it was foot¬ 
noted in your Norton anthology). 


The author can only hope the former 
is the case. So without further ado, 
the author would like to offer two 
popular interpretations of the Arts 
Center which he finds compelling, 
although not necessarily “inten¬ 
tional” by design. 

The first interpretation is the 
obvious one: the Arts Center is a 
visual joke on the rest of Middlebury 
College’s white-bread, gray lime¬ 
stone architecture and the many 
quirks in that tradition on campus. 
This seems pretty clear. The huge 
turrets which figure prominently in 
both the Arts Center and 
McCullough (which were designed 
by the same firm) refer to the Cha¬ 
teau. Think about it. There is some-' 
thing weird about the Chateau, apart 
from the freaks who tend to live 
there. It is as if space aliens with a 
yen for the French provincial 
beamed this building down to break 
up our scenic limestone campus. 
“Pourquoi?" should be inscribed 
on the cornerstone. 

The white wood condominium 
siding on the exterior of the Arts 
Center undoubtedly refers to the 
unfinished backside of Mead 
Chapel. Again, who doesn’t find 
this building a little weird. The struc¬ 
ture is designed around the intrinsic 
weight of its marble construction as 
a metaphor for the weight of reli¬ 
gion on this campus (well, maybe 
when it was built). ‘The strength of 
the hills is His also.” But if one 
happens to walk around the Proctor 
side of the chapel, one notices that 
they seem to have run out of marble. 
Someone decided to finish the build¬ 


ing in gray clapboard. Metaphori¬ 
cally, it seems to suggest that the 
nature of God may be omniscient 
(the top of the hill, looking down on 
the valley of the damned), but not 
omnipotent. The marble, divine 
providence, runs out on us at the 
end. 

The oozing green of the Arts 
Center’s copper roof refers to the 
field house/earthworm next door. 
Nobody thinks it odd that a re¬ 
cycled Air Force hanger sits in the 
midst of this scenic Vermontscape? 

Finally, the monolithic rusticated 
stone blocks that make up the mass 
of the Arts Center obviously refer 
to the architectural matrix in which 
all of these quirks exist. The stone, 
exaggerated in scale, as it is all over 
campus, represents the tortured al- 
most-ivy status of this institution. 
These elements together form a sort 
of architectural record of 
Middlebury College, tongue firmly 
in cheek. Although these elements 
of the building are interesting, they 
are essentially ornamental, largely 
independent of the true spirit of the 
building. These features are all ex¬ 
terior. The interior holds the real 
meaning of this building. 

Forget about theory. Walk in the 
front door of the Arts Center, take a 
left, and explore the central, open 
space. Clear your mind of classical 
prejudices and understand the space. 
It is a shopping mall. This is the true 
spirit of the building. One expects 
fake planters and a man-made wish¬ 
ing pool downstairs. Upstairs is the 
Chick-Fil-A. The Arts Center ex- 
(continued on page 16) 


Music rips your flesh: Zappa’s genius lives on 


By John Colpitis 
“I never took a sh*t on stage.” 

—Frank Zappa 
Are you hungup? 

For the sake of your education, I 
am going to shed the traditional 
critics’ humility. 

Most likely 1 have heard more 
“popular music” than you have. 
Unlike you, I have good taste. Over 
the years, 1 wasted much of my 
valuable time listening to rock and 
roll. So I missed out on all those 
adolescent things. I never necked in 
the back of a car, I never went toa 
party; I stood (yes stood) next to a 
radio when I was age seven to ten. 
1 held the household’s tape recorder 
up to the clock radio and scrawled 
“Rock” on die tape shell with a 
garish, purple magic maker. 

I was the kid who never bought 
any “real” albums. They were for¬ 
bidden in my family. I had a 
Walkman but no tapes, so when I 
got on the team bos to travel I had to 
borrow them much to my embar¬ 
rassment. I was the first kid in third 
grade to know “Private Eyes” by 
heart. A great rock song was 
ecstatic experience for me. 1 am not 
sure what it was Idee for you, but the 
music put me in another dimension. 
To make a long story short, I have 
an excessive familiarity t 
rock music genre. So 
that leave me? 
anddestinedtofewi 
So I bore people, and 11 
benrrthanyouwhatisi 


and what is not. And so, with the 
pretense of enriching your musi¬ 
cally pathetic lives, I hereby present 
the Frank Zappa tutorial. 

Mr. Frank Vincent Zappa was 
bom in Baltimore, Maryland on 
December 21, 1940. He died this 
Monday from prostate cancer. 

(Insert: If you want to learn abou ( 


Zappa, the first place to begin is 
with his music. Next read his super- 
neato autobiography | of sorts 1 “The 
Real Frank Zappa Book.” Then, 
and only then, you might want to 
take a look at the newly released 
“Frank Zappa — A Visual Docu¬ 
mentary” when you are browsing in 
a book store. All the stuff about 


Although Frank Zappa is best knownfor his eccentric and irreverent 
sense of humor, he was also an exceptional guitar player. 


Zappa can be found in (he autobi¬ 
ography in a more entertaining form, 
and the photos are just photos. I’d 
say the book is worth about five or 
sixdollars; it costs twenty-five. End 
of Insert) 

It is probably fair to say that you 
don’t love music. You think you 
love music because you have over¬ 
bearing libidos that find their ap¬ 
proximate expression in the anthem 
rock of the sixties and early seven¬ 
ties. (Classic rock is all about 
Peking.) They were the days when 
they really knew what was up, right? 
If only you were bom twenty year^ 
ago — Woodstock and all that free 
love stuff. 

I am trying to shock you here. 
I'm being offensive (mildly). Here 
is Zappa’s formulation on the typi¬ 
cal American Pop Music Consumer 
(you): 

‘“Gimme the tune. Do 1 like this 
tune ? Does it sound like another 
tune that / like? The more familiar 
it is, the better I like It ... Also, 1 
want it right away — and then, 
write me some more songs like that 
— over and over and over again— 
because I’m really into music.’” 
Basically, your soul is in need of 
saving. Start turning yourself on to 
things that do not sound familiar. 
Who gives a crap if old “white 
baseball cap I rub some dirt on it so 
I look like every other white base¬ 
ball cap at this school” thinks the 
music Is weird. You are in danger of 
(continued on page 16) 




pap 14 


ARTS 


Thursday, December 9 ,1993 




Artists are caged at Middlebury 


By Jennifer Kiili 
The many aspectsof the arts at 
Middlebury come together to com¬ 
prise a whole that is outwardly for¬ 
tified. People who are not person¬ 
ally involved in the arts are im¬ 
pressed by what they see. There is 
some good Work going on at this 
school. 

The ancient stigma that was at¬ 
tached to the “artsy” areas of life 
has dissipated as people realize that 
talent and expression are vital. All 
of the passion that we keep covered 
by layers of epidermis, refusing to 
let loose in everyday life, can be 
released by the artistic expression 
of our choice. Some people express 
their passion by appreciating the art 
of others through attending plays or 
art exhibitions or musical conceits. 
Passion is a powerful thing. So what 
goes on up here in the snowy land of 
righteous godheads? 

If you take a look around and 
think about it for a moment, there is 
a lot of art at this school. Plays and 
recitals and paintings and ‘The 
Little Bird.” This is a good thing, 
correct? Well, not for everyone in¬ 
volved, it seems. In the real world, 
wherever that may be, the competi¬ 
tion in the arts is intense. People 
fight tooth and nail to be published 
or cast or accepted at all. 

College is, in a way, the spawn¬ 
ing ground for interest. This is where 
we agonize over what it is that we 
are interested in; where we take a 
label and plaster ourselves with it, 
proclaiming “me: artist, you: poli¬ 
tician, you... DU brother," or which¬ 
ever walk of life we claim. 

We are guided and urged along 
this path by stem but loving profes¬ 
sors. There is a point, however, 
where the personal taste of the in¬ 
structor just might stand in the way 
of the development of a student’s 
talent. 

In spite of the outward successes 
of the aits at Middlebury, there is an 
undertone of heavy stifling going 
on behind classroom doors. It’s one 
thing to be made to sing or play a 
piece that you hate in small recital 
situations, but what about trying to 
make your work as true a represen¬ 
tation of yourself as possible — 
only to be told by an advisor that 
your feelings are wrong? 

Obviously, this is not true of all 
of the professors in all of the arts 
here. In the grandiose structure of 
the theater world, there exists a sort 
of mythological golden mountain, 
atop of which sit the few gods to 
whom all others bend. At the bot¬ 
tom of the hierarchy are the stu¬ 
dents. These are the people for 
whom the department is supposed 
to exist. Indeed, they create the 
ideas, the passion, the desire that is 
meant to fuel any production. 

It is frustrating to some tosee the 
same group of people on stage in 
play after play. It is annoying to 
have one’s instincts leashed by the 
fear of upsetting someone on a 
higher level of the theatrical food 
chain. It is devastating tosee amaz¬ 
ingly talented people reduced to 
groveling beware by the words of 


person. Regardless of power roles, 
this fact should be respected. 

Considering art forms that seem 
to be free of this kind of oppression, 
The Crampus comes to mind. Even 
this institution, it seems, has had to 
sacrifice some of its integrity to the 
same tyranny of which they profess 
to be free. 

Jim Rodda ’95 says that since 
the spring, “The Crampus has been 
de-clawed.” They have decided to 
stay away from the more touchy 
subjects in order to avoid never 
ending phone threats and com¬ 
plaints. So much for remaining true 
to an ideal. 

When asked why he cared what 
they thoughtor about the complaints 
at all, Jim replied “The Crampus is 
funded by Student Activities. Not 
having any money means we can’t 
publish. It’sadifferent situation for 
our writers because the people that 
we bow down to are people who 
bow down to the people in power.” 
Again, the idea of a hierarchy. So 
this once deviant mode of a more 
honest expression is also subdued. 

There are other areas in which 
this phenomenon is seen here. In 


film, for instance, there does not 
seem to be any way for students to 


Eric Wiener ’95 says that there is 
“not enough equipment for the 
classes that we have, let alone for a 
project like a Zoo Rim Night or 
something.” This, again, is frustrat¬ 
ing. 

Basically, because of the lack of 
opportunity, anyone at this school 
who might otherwise have gone 
into film seriously will be discour¬ 
aged by the fact that it is difficult to 
work independent of assignments. 

These are only a few exasperat¬ 
ing examples of what occurs in the 
arts at Middlebury. There is not a 
right or wrong in modes of expres¬ 
sion. If there were, people like 
Picasso would never have gotten 
off of the ground in their societies. 
Maybe it has something to do with 
feeling young and immortal. That 
is to say, perhaps, when people get 
into a yearly pattern of doing things, 
they lose a sense of the passion that 
new students have. When you get 
so involved in something, it’s hard 
to see out and remember why it is 
that you’re doing it anyway. Stu- 


Way of the World exhibits talented cast 


Ana Reeder in action last weekend during a performance of 
“Way of the World, ” directed by Cheryl Faraone. 


dents should not be inhibited by 
their professors into performing or 
creating something that is dishon¬ 
est to themselves. 

There are wonderful, amazing 
expressions of talent surrounding 
us, and these are the few years in 
which we will have them at our 


fingertips. It is a shame that there is 
so much negative experience in¬ 
volved in putting forth something 
potentially beautiful. Someone who 
is able to refresh passion, to learn as 
they instruct and to guide expres¬ 
sion as it forms naturally would 
make for an incredible teacher. 


nils pnenoiiienuii is seen iicic. m uwi uumg, « " u * vu " v "■■■ — 

‘A Perfect World’ ends season of mediocrity 


By Robert Perez 

Clint Eastwood and Kevin 
Costner star in this Eastwood di¬ 
rected, good guy/bad guy flick set 
in central Texas. But even the team 
of Scorcese, Coppola and SpeilbCrg 
combined couldn’t make this film 
move faster than our very own of¬ 
fice of financial aid. 

Much of the story tries to te 
introspective into the escaped con¬ 
vict, Butch Wayne’s character 
played by Costner. In fact, Laura 
Dem’s sole purpose as a character 
is to offer psychological profiles on 
the man. 

You may peg Butch as an 
enigma. A deranged, complicated 
genius, which they can’t get their 
hands on because of ingenious ma¬ 
neuvering and cunning second 
guessing. 

If you thought that ... well, 
you’re wrong. The story would be 
much more interesting if he was, 
but... alas, what’s a critic to do? 


Butch Wayne’s only real back¬ 
ground is his being left by his father 
at a young age. That’s all. 

Just out of the big house, he’s 
killed two men, taken a young boy 
hostage and in a stolen car going 
one direction. The only reason the 
law can’t catch him is due to their 
own ineptitude rather than any spe¬ 
cial cunning on Wayne’s part. You 
may say, “But that’s why we need, 
irexas Ranger Red Garret 
(Eastwood). He’s got the experi¬ 
ence and know-how to catch 
Wayne.” Well, if you said that... 

, you’re batting zero kid. 

I’m afraid Red is mentally about 
par to the rest of the imbeciles lead¬ 
ing the chase. He’s engaging only 
because he’s Eastwood. If you don’t 
put a mega star in that character’s 
spot, hi’s as interesting as The Cam¬ 
pus' ongoing jokes about Hieu 
Nyugen. 

The strength of a character 
should be inherent in the dialogue 


and actions; and if you’ve found a 
strong actor for the part, they should 
enhance the character, not be the 
character. No such luck here. Red’s 
character is entirely reliant on 
Eastwood to take it away. And he 
does. Every time he’s on screen, 
you want more of him. 

His shortness with people, dis¬ 
respect for authority and intoler¬ 
ance for incompetence entertains 
like the glory days of old. It’s too 
bad this is a story about the aver¬ 
age cop chasing the average crimi¬ 
nal. 

In the end, the message attempts 
to say that all this hubbub and 
killing could be avoided if this 
were a perfect world. Gee, thanks. 
You’ve changed and touched me. 
“Touched” is a strong word that, in 
retrospect. I’d like to take back. 

I hate to be overly condescend¬ 
ing on a childish level, but this 
movie was just dumb. The mes¬ 
sage was silly, and it had only a 


403 






handful of moments worth seeing 
again. 

And for all you Costner haters 
out there who can’t seem to con¬ 
vince your friends that he’s a bad 
actor, take ’em to this one. At 
several points in the movie you 
think he just might evoke the 
memory of Shoeless Joe (Field of 
Dreams), Meat (from Bull Durham) 
or Little John (from that ridiculous 
movie that “Men in Tights” was 
based on). 

Eastwood is hisoutstanding self, 
showing us that he will be a pres¬ 
ence on the screen for many years 
to come. But in the end, this film 
was just too slow for even the staff 
at Mr. Ups. 

The interesting parts were so 
sparse, and the plot twists were so 
unbelievable, it kind of makes you 
realize your own life is really pretty 
fascinating if you think about it. 
Although I doubt that’s the effect 
intended by the filmmakers. 

This entire fall season of films 
seems to have been plagued by 
mediocrity. Most of the films fell 
short of the classics we always hope 
to stumble upon. In retrospect, the 
films I’d see again are “Carlito’s 
Way", “Nightmare before Christ¬ 
mas,” “Kalifomia,” and... hold on 
... and... and... well I guess that’s 
it. 

The Christmas season, which 
seems to have started late this year, 
brings us some other possibilities, 
like “Mrs. Doubtfire” with Robin 
Williams, “My Life” with Michael 
Keaton, “Wayne’s World 2” with 
those two guys, andahost of others, 
which I hope will entertain even the 
most critical movie-goers. 

Happy movie-going this holi¬ 
day season, and remember, if you 
come to a movie which brought you 
pain because it was so trying ... 
think of me... and think of me in 
more pain roan you. 

A day in ft* life of a critic. 

Happy Holiday* 



Thursday, December 9,1993 



ARTS 


page 15 






Drags, drags and rock and roll: 


with Evan Dando 


ByMikeLiss 

Evan Dando, heart of the 
Lemonheads, sits in a restaurant 
booth across from a handful of col¬ 
lege press members. The scene is 
upstairs at Avalon, Boston’s larg¬ 
est club, where later that night he’ll 
kick-off a two night, sold-out run. 
Wearing jeans and a black T-shirt, 
he ison essence, a 26 year-old boy 
whose rock and roll dreams have 
come true, which meant he never 
had to really grow up. 

Lately, Dando’s been hot. The 
new album, Come on Feel the 
Lemonheads, has been getting good 
reviews and selling strongly. Shows 
in Chicago, here in Boston and at 
New York City’s Roseland Ball¬ 
room have been selling out quickly. 

And, while Dando has always 
been the darling of Spin and Roll¬ 
ing Stone, appearing in what seems 
like every issue these days, now 
even the New York Times has called 
him a “hunk,” writing that he’s 
“smart, good-looking, successful, 
and ... an extraordinary melodist 
with a flair.” 

In person, he looks right at you 
when speaking. He has a giddy, 
airy laugh; he’ll get animated while 
talking, speak faster and faster when 
excited, sit back and say “yeah, 
yeah" while his bandmates are talk¬ 
ing, and shout above loud-speaker 
announcements like a kid. 

Sitting next to him in the restau¬ 
rant booth is Nic Dalton, the newest 
member of the group. A bassist 
from Australia, Dando’s favorite 
retreat, Dalton has written a couple 
of tunes and toured with the group 
the past two years. He also did all 
the playing on the latest album. To 


Dando’s littje boy earnestness, he 
is the sardonic one, hamming it up 
in his Aussie accent. 

Rounding out the line-up is 
David Ryan, the drummer, thequiet 
one. He doesn’t talk much, but when 
he does it tends to be serious and 
committed. He i s the silent, focused 
member. 

Question [asked by the com¬ 
posite group of college interview¬ 
ers!: How did you guys feel about 
the production on the latest album? 
Some of the songs, especially 
“Style,” sound like an almost heavy- 
metal type big Marshall amp sound. 

Evan Dando: Well, that’s how 
we used to sound, I mean... 

David Ryan: When we did Ray, 
the producers hadn’t really heard 
us; they hadn’t seen us play live or 
anything, so they produced it the 
way they were used to producing. 

Dando: Well, on Ray we found 
asoundwithacousticguitars, ’cause 
the song “Shame About Ray” was 
written on acoustic guitar, so we 
started putting guitar on, and then, 

I think wisely, they chose to make 
that the sound of the album. On this 
one, we wanted to make it a little 
more diverse sounding. 

Q: Can I ask you a question 
about your drug use that was talked 
about in Spin ? [In one interview, 
Dando had spoken freely about past 
crack use, which was then picked 
up by the rest of the press and snow¬ 
balled.] Did they over do it? 

Dando: Spin talked about my 
drug use? Well, it’s really like Dave c 
and Nic’s fault, mostly, like they 
had all these drugs, and l couldn’t 
resist. [Laughing] No, just kidding. 

Dalton: Evan did all the vocals 


and guitars, and Dave and I had 
nothing better to do all day except 
hang out with Rick. 

Dando: No. Well,! was just sort 
of stupid to talk about it It was just 
a mistake. The guy was coming all 
the way from London to interview 
me, and I couldn’t talk because my 
throat was messed up. So I just 
wrote out exactly the truth about 


I just wanted to speak the truth 
about it 

Q: Do you feel over-scrutinized? 
Do you miss your privacy? 

Dando: I think we still have it. I 
mean. * you know that person that 
people see in magazines and stuff, 
you know it’s not us or me, it’s just 
some other person. 

Q: Yeah, but that’s what other 


suck on this 


the situation, and it was a mistake 
because a lot of people in the enter¬ 
tainment industry take drugs, and 
they just don’t talk about it. In a 
way, I thought it was okay to talk 
about it because I think drug use is 
over-glamorized because people 
think, “oh wow, all these people are 
taking drugs the whole time, and* 
it’s all hush-hush, and it’s illegal, 
and it’s cool ’cause it’s illegal,” and 


‘Beast’ remakes classic fairy tale 


By R. Jon Baronowski 

This month, the Department of 
Theater, Dance and Ft I m/Video will 
present “Beauty and the Beast,” a 
student i ndependent project directed 
by Gene Swift ’94 which features 
Kali McGurk *94 and Caroline 
Fennessey ’95. 

This modem adaptation of the 
classic fairy tale, written by Louise 
Page, was first presented at the 
Liverpool Playhouse in November 
of 1985, and moved to London’s • 
Old Vic Theater later that year. 
Page has created a magical, matri¬ 
archal fairy-world, in which age 
equals power and an ever-present 
prejudice towards the “crawling and 
scraping” mortals is the unwritten 
law. 

The play opens in the court 
Queen Hoftense (Edelen 
McWilliams ’94), and the mother 
Prince Hew (Matthew Lane ’94), 
who is doomed to become the Beast. 
Both the Queen and her court mourn 
the recently deceased King until the 
kingdom comes under attack and 
she is forced to go to war. The 
infant Hew is given to an ancient 
and powerful fairy. Finagle 
(Fennessey), to be both protected 

and raised with the aid of her magi¬ 
cal powers untilhis mother’s return 
from me ware. 

Almost simultaneously, the fairy 


Zephyr (McGurk), and has a daugh¬ 
ter with Nosail, the mortal king of 
Fortunate Island (Coerte Voorhees 
’96). 

The presentation will feature set 
and lighting design work by Julie 
Martin ’95, costumes designed by 
Nodi Chilton ’96 and choreography 
by seniors dance major Lisa 
Gonzales. 

“Beauty and the Beast” is Swift’s 
directing 700 project, and the Per¬ 
formance 500 projects of both 
McGurk and Fennessey. The show 


also features Josh Braunstein ’96, 
Kristen Connolly ’96, Nikki 
Mathews ’95 and David Robinson 
’95, Amanda Baker ’94, and Ted 
Dowling ’95. 

Performances will be in the Stu¬ 
dio Theater of the Center for the 
Arts on Thursday, Dec. 9, Friday, 
Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 11, all 
at 8 p.m. There will also be a mati¬ 
nee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. 
Tickets information can be obtained 
at the Center for the Arts Box Of¬ 
fice. x7149 (SHOW). 


people think you are. 

Dando: But luckily it’s not. 

Q: How did the whole “Mrs. 
Robinson” cover end up happen¬ 
ing? 

Dando: We were contacted by 
the people who bought the rights to 
The Graduate to do a new-fangled 
stupid version of a pretty bad song. 

Dalton: They wanted a grunge ^ 
version |laughs|. They wanted a 
new band to sell it to the kids. 

Dando: I thought that was a re¬ 
ally good idea, to try to get that 
movie to more kids, ’cause it’s such 
a good movie, so we did it with that 


in mind just to be released on the 
video cassette. 

And then the record label re¬ 
leased it as asingle [and added it to 
the album’s later pressings]. They 
just did it, and we went along with 
it. And it served it’s purpose. You 
know, you might have a contract 
with a record label and that doesn’t 
mean they can’t do whatever they 
want to you. 

Q: Did it bother you that a cover 
of an old song is one of your most 
successful songs and helped you 
sell a lot of albums? 

Dando: Nah. You know, it’s not 
the ideal situation, but, um, com¬ 
promise is my middle name. 

Q: Since MTV is a big influence 
in the music industry... 

Dando: It’s also our biggest 
single influence of music. 

Q: Do you feel that videos are a 
waste of time, or do you feel that... 

Dando: They’re not a waste of 
time; they’re a waste of money. 

Dalton: They’re a necessary evil 
if you want to play the big game. 

Q: Are you forced to make them? 

Dando: There’s actually this 
lady here right now from the record 
company trying to get us to do a 
video, we’re saying, “No, we don’t 
want to do it.” They’re saying, “lis¬ 
ten, j'Oii got to do it; you know how 
difficult I can make life for you ” 
[laughs] 

Dalton: It’s suicide if you say 
no. You gotta do a video. It plays 
such an important part these days. 

Q: And finally, does it bother 
you that image is such an important 
part of being a musician today? 

Dando: Uh, thanks, that’s all we 
got time for, uh.. . | Laughing) Yeah, 
it’s not easy sleeping at night; we 
cry each other to bed every night. 
No, it’s all very haphazard. We’ve 
just been really lucky. |Pause| You 
know, we’ve just been semi-lucky. 


Funktet goes whole hog 


(continued from page 13) 
collared shirts, had spidered around 
the place to staple insulating plastic 
to the walls and ceiling; there was a 
jury-rigged wood furnace in one 
comer. Facing the crowd, large 
speakers piped loud, hot Sly and the 
Family Stone. Once the place was 
filled with gyrating Vermonters in 


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principle actors in "Beauty and the Beast,” which bows this weekend. 


sweaty overalls, all the ingredients 
were in place, and we steamed for 
hours. What makes this different 
from the hundreds of Saturday 
nights that had preceded this one, 
during which, perhaps in the same 
place, cows milled to the sound of 
country music on a transistor radio? 
What, some have wondered, makes 
great travel writing different from 
uncle Joe’s slide show of his trip to 
see the Pyramids? 

I offer this conclusion: the artist 
strives to develop a creative experi¬ 
ence, one that transcends the usual, 
or at least distorts it, to the point 
where an original language or mode 
of being can be attained. The 
Funktet, as a group of artists, were 
hoping that those dancing with them 
in the bam would become entranced, 
fused with the beat and the boogie, 
eyes glazed or closed to raider vi¬ 
sions of James Brown himself. It’s 
rare, but I think it happened. The 
musicians sweat, the dancers sweat, 
and all was shown true for a few 
hoars. When will artistic revelation, 
that large yellow truck, next offer 
solace from the mire of everyday 
life? Where might it lake you? Keep 
yoor head up; it could come m any 
hoar. When It comes, be willing to 
comprom is e the usoal. It’s worth it 



pice 16 



Thursday, December 9,1993 


Greenwood’s Groove 
Why listen to folk music? 

By Dan Greenwood 

If you’re a regular reader, you may have noticed a trend in my 
columns. I write a lotabout music that’s not very well known here. I don’t 
I like to categorize the music I write about, and frequently, it is music that 
crosses borders and cannot be labeled as a specific type. But all the same, 
most of that music can be characterized, by some, as “folk music.” Folk 
is a nebulous term which I will not attempt to define here, except in how 
it relates to us at Middlebury. 

Folk is no longer just the wishy-washy music that many of our parents 
listened to in the early sixties (although I, too, enjoy the Kingston Trio, 
Dylan, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and many others), nor is it limited to guys 
like Neil Young or Eric Clapton going “unplugged.” It is pervasive, 
popping up in places we wouldn’t expect Newer bands like Phish or the 
Aquarium Rescue Unit are including bluegrass standards; pop metal 
bands are doing acoustic sets. Camper Van Beethoven recorded Russian 
traditional songs; Celtic influence can be heard even in bands like Dead 
Can Dance,and the music of the Sundays, CoWboy Junkies and Michelle 
Shocked is essentially folk-rock. The commercial success of bands like 
the Waterboys and the Pogues attests to the popular appeal of Irish 
traditions. If you like these bands, try some of their English counterparts 
like Fairport Convention, Pentangle or the Oyster Band. If you’re really 
adventurous, try traditional groups like Altan, the Bothy Band or Silly 
Wizard. 

If you like singer-songwriters, then you’re in luck. The folk commu¬ 
nity today is considered to be at its strongest ever, with attendance at 
festivals rising yearly and the number of quality performers increasing. 
Wilcox, Shocked and Shawn Colvin are merely at the forefront of a new 
generation of singer-songwriters which includes other notables like 
Nanci Griffith, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, the Story and Ani DiFranco. 
The list could go on indefinitely. These artists bring to their music fresh 
approaches, arrangements and attitudes which appeal to our age group as 
much as Peter, Paul and Mary did to our parents. 

There is much that can be done at Middlebury to educate oneself about 
the workings of this new folk revival. Try tuning in to WRMC on 
weekday mornings, where eclectic folk is broadcast until 10 a.m. Go see 
the kids you don’t know perform in the Gamut Room. World music 
events on campus have increased dramatically over the past two years; 
give them a try, and you may find you really like Turkish music or Indian 
music or steel drums. It’s no use clamoring for multi-culturalism if we 
don’t support the events that are brought in under that banner. Burlington 
is home to the Champlain Valley Society, a folk society that sponsors 
events throughout the year and a great festival every August. Noonie-’s 
Deli becomes the Burlington Coffeehouse on Friday nights, presenting 
many of the best up-and-coming singer-songwriters. 

If you already know any of the artists mentioned here, try some of the 
others. There is a wide variety of folk out there, all of it slowly making 
its way back into our musical conscience. Do yourself a favor. Try it out. 

Arts Center as a mall 


Zappa leaves behind great music 


(continued from page 13) 
plores the fundamental student-col¬ 
lege relationship with eyes cleared 
of romantic notions in brochures 
and guided tours. This relationship 
is one of consumption. The student 
is purchasing an experience through 
the college, much as one would 
purchase a very different experi¬ 
ence from a Cancun resort through 
a travel agent. Consider that docu¬ 
ment from which you choose your 
courses, the “catalog.” This notion 
is not limited to the central space. 

The entire building is organized 
like a series of shops. The mqjor 
interior theme of the building is the 
confusion of interior and exterior. 
Huge stone walls give the impres¬ 
sion of independent buildings be¬ 
ing thrust together. Similarly, the 
shopping mall is an enclosure of 
outdoor space, essentially a roof 
placed over a compressed Main 
Street, USA. Most shops in malls 
treat the relationship between their 
space and the central space as a 
shill from interior to exterior. They 
often have window displays. Ref- 



around in this wonderland and view 
the many fine courses and profes¬ 
sors which will be available next 
term, without requiring actual con¬ 
tact. The architects play with this 
idea in their occasional placement 
of window in odd places, often 
places which afford an obstructed 
view of the room they purport to 
illuminate. This is the architects’ 
tribute to false and misleading ad¬ 
vertisement. While we may find this 
unabashed treatment of consumer¬ 
ism disturbing, one important as¬ 
pect of the relationship must not be 
ignored. That is the overwhelming 
feeling of well being dfet a mall 
enforces upon the mall-goer. The 
world is at your fingertips. There 
are no clocks around, or indications 
of light or darkness outside. Bright 
colors and beautiful displays make 
you feel rich. Never in all his glory 
was Solomon arrayed such as the 
mall-goerflheater major. Such is 
the beauty of this monumental pas¬ 
tiche. The inevitable conclusion of 
this relation of consumerism and 
l is certainly a thinly veiled 
mixed with a 


(continuedfrom page 13) 
letting some idiot like this con¬ 
vince you to work at some desk for 
the rest of your life. Dad and Mom 
want to be proud of their little cre¬ 
ation so you do what they want to 
make them proud. 

Human beings who are suffer¬ 
ing with the belief that “classic 
rock” is the pinnacle of musical 
expression should begin their foray 
into the Zappa’s music with Hot 
Rats. To be sure, Hot Rats has a 
pink cover and a creepy black and 
white photo of a grave which may" 
make your mother uncomfortable. 
But the album is a selection of 
accessible instrumentals with 
plenty of major chord jamming to 
satisfy any conservative soul. And 
by the way, Zappa is abetter guitar¬ 
ist than Eric Clapton. 

So you like Hot Rats, and you 
want more of the same (“this stuff 
isn’t as weird as I thought it was 
supposed to be”), more jamming 
instrumentals that sound like a 
twisted version of Cream or some¬ 
thing. Next try Waka/Jawaka and 
The Grand Wazoo. These albums, 
both recorded around the same time 
(Zappa was in a wheelchair recov¬ 
ering from an injury sustained from 
a bizarre concert assault) feature 
different angles on the instrumen¬ 
tal rock and roll thing. While not as 
satisfying as Hot Rats, they still 
work. If, on the other hand, you are 
ready to experiment with the far 
out Zappa of legend, next stop: 
We're Only In It For the Money. 

Maybe before I go on, I should 
say that most likely you will hate 
.this album on the fust listen. I did. 
It didn’t live up to my expectations 
so it wasn’t good. 

The “Why Zappa’s music is so 
good” section of this crappy ar¬ 
ticle. 

Zappa’s music would not exist 
without traditional pop music. 
Zappa’s music is a reaction of sorts 
against the damaging cliches of 
American Romantic Love Song 
Idealiim, prefab, arbitrary chord 
progressions, and self-induced, in¬ 



dustry-initiated, ? lifestyle 
lobotomization: you listen to .cer¬ 
tain kinds of music so you can wear 
a certain kind of clothes (or vice 
versa). 

' “Rock is to dress up to. No mu¬ 
sical innovation will ever succeed 
on a large commercial scale with¬ 
out the full involvement of the. in¬ 
dustries which profit tangentially 
from it: clothing and ‘merchan¬ 
dise.’” — Zappa, “The Real Frank 
Zappa Bode,” page 203. 

Why do you think “grunge” is 
such a big deal? It’s because JC 

If you. want to learn 
about Zappa, the first 
place to begin is with 
his music. 

Penny can create a line of clothing 
called “grunge.” So keep wearing 
those Doc Martins. 

So Zappa parodies all this stuff, 
not only lyrically but musically (as 
exhibited by his crazy Doo-Wop 
arrangements, tape altered voices, 
etc.). Butis there potential for art in 
parody? How many stupid rhetori¬ 
cal questions can I ask and still get 
away with it? Yes, of course there’s 
potential for art you fool! Some of 
the most moving rock and roll I 
have heard resides on the bitter 
hippy-satire album We’re Only In 
It For the Money, an album which 
was beautifully relevant about two 
years ago during the peak of hippy 


But this is supposed to explain 
why Zappa’s music is good. His 
music is good partially because it 
breaks convention. It woiks against 
tired music now helplessly empty 
of sincerity. 1 am not making the 
claim that any music which breaks 
convention is good. Zappa’s music 
is good because, as some of you 
may have realized, it has stood “the 
lest of time” and become conven¬ 
tion. After twenty years, bands with 
huge commercial success are rip¬ 
ping off Zappa, Captain Beefheart, 


Velvet Underground and 
Funkadelic. Phish, you fool, is 
Zappa! You love Phish because you 
think its like The Dead. The Dead 
aren’t funny! They took themselves 
so damn seriously, even when they 
played that ridiculous cowboy mu¬ 
sic in the early seventies. Phish 
takes a lot from Zappa musically, 
not lyrically. Phish wallows in their 
lyrical mediocrity because they are 
such great musicians. 

Okay, bade to the tutorial. Next, 
pick up Uncle Meat, a double al¬ 
bum of such insane dimensions it 
can hardly not change the way you 
look at popular music. An album of 
mostly instrumental songs. Uncle 
Meat came from a movie the band 
never had enough money to finish. 
Do not start with this one unless 
you have no expectations. 

Does this stuff matter to any¬ 
one? I feel like this is a futile exer¬ 
cise. 

But let’s continue. When I first 
heard Mr. Frank Zappa, I, too, was 
in the throes of an impossible rela¬ 
tionship with classic rock. She never 
satisfied, so I kept crawling around, 
looking for music that sounded like 
other classic rock songs I liked. 1 
could say with a fair amount of 
confidence, that Zappa’s music 
opened my mind to the possibilities 
of music in the broadest sense. 
Music is defi ned by the listener, not 
by the local radio station. So, now, 
I waste more time talking about, 
listening to and buying music that I 
couldn’t listen to straight through if 
I had a year of free time. So all 
thanks must be given to Mr. Frank 
Zappa for opening the infinite, 
unsatisfying world of music to my 
grackle-like ears. (The obscure 
simile is referring to the grackle’s 
habit of collecting things that glitter 
in the sun.) It helps to divert my 
attention from the realities of my 
life: mortality, questions of a per¬ 
manentunchanging self, etc. Thanks 
Mr. Zappa for keeping me oblivi¬ 
ous to the processes surrounding 
me which will eventually, when I 
am least expecting it, destroy me. 


Rock Opera to be performed 



fbrs 

smile and exit! 
your bags full of well being. 


The nock opera doss will perform. “The Princess and the Pauper' 
McCullough. General admission is $3. student tickets are $1. 


Dec. 8 and 9 at 8:30 pm in 





Thursday, December 9,1993 


IN DEPTH 


pate 17 


By Jenna Lane 

Though it seems difficult to think back this far, in the beginning of 1993, George 
Bush was still our president He spent New Year’s Eve in Mogadishu with the U.S. 
troops in Somalia, which was just one of the trouble spots in the world for which Bill 
Clinton inherited responsibility. 

Weeks before Clinton was inaugurated and assmuned the presidency, he was 
named Time magazine’s Man of the Year. Clinton spent most of January assembling 
a cabinet and preparing for his duties as president. January polls showed that 
Americans were generally enthusiastic and filled with a sense of hope, especially in 
light of the new president. 

The month also saw the deaths of many major figures in our lives: dancer Rudolf 
Nureyev, jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie, and Pierre Culliford, creator of the Smurfs, 
all died in January. In addition, the Journal of the American Medical Association 
reported that 18,500 children had lost their mothers to AIDS, and it was estimated that 
by the year 2000, America will have 80,000 AIDS orphans. 

On a happier note, musicians Paul Simon and Edie Brickell announced the birth 
of their first son, Adrian Edward. He weighed in at seven pounds,.two ounces. Jazz 
musician Harry Connick Jr. spent a night in jail for not registering a 9mm pistol, and 
Americans were faced with a dilemma: which of the three Amy Fisher docudramas 
should we watch? 


March 


By Jen Varney 


February 

yr By Jon Herman \ 

February, as usual, shaped up to be a terrific month in 1993. It held up its twenty-year streak of 
winning the coveted Best Month of the Year award. February is, after all, the month in which my 
birthday falls. 

And what did I get for my birthday ? It was an extraordinary year for gifts. To start off, I got a brand 
new president and vice-president. Sure, they were inaugurated in January, but the first ten days were 
all parties and receptions. February was their first full month on the job. It was the month in which 
Bill Clinton began to both follow through with and back out of his magnificent campaign promises. 

A1 Gore began to fade into the scenery. February was days 10 through 38 of the glorious “first 100 
days.” As a surprise bonus, I got a very new first lady. A kind of first lady that had not been seen for 
a very long time — a working first lady. This gift was certainly one of my best. 

I also got many headline news stories, most of which dealt with the issues of Somalia and 
homosexuals in the military. Both of these gifts sparked quite an uproar in the U.S., and many people 
began to look at the new commander-in-chief in a different light. 

In the National Football League, the Dallas Cowboys won the National Championship. Since 
everybody needs a gift that he can play with for his birthday, I got tons of snow. This gift went a long 
way — I could ski at an ungroomed Snow Bowl and Mad River Glen. I could cross-country ski 
anywhere 1 chose. 

And last^but certainly not least, I could ride a canoe down the “bobsled” run and build a snow 
sculpture at the Mifidlebury Winter Carnival. One of my last and best gifts was the Middlebury Winter 
Carnival Ball. It turned out to be better than I ever expected. I can only look forward with great 
anticipation to my next birthday. 


April 


In Washington D.C., Janet Reno ■ a /% w j 

was sworn in as the new Attorney JL ZJ • JL JL y 

GeneralandtheU.S.HolocaustMu- J 

seum opened as a tribute to all those 
who experienced life and death in 
the concentration camps. 

According to Vogue magazine, 
short t-shirts, jackets with pants, 
soft flowing flowery dresses and 
textual spider-web looks were in. 

Transparent was out. 

Whitney Houston and hubby 
Bobby Brown gave birth on March 
4th to Bobbi Kristina Houston 
Brown. Then on the 12th, Michelle 
Pfeiffer brought home adopted 
daughter Claudia Rose Pfeiffer. 

On the 18th, Eddie Murphy mar¬ 
ried model Nicole Mitchell. And on 
the 22nd, Zap Mama made an ap¬ 
pearance in People Magazine. (Re¬ 
member the 10,000 Maniacs con¬ 
cert?) ,, 

Not all the happenings in the 
entertainment industry were so joy¬ 
ous, however. Larry Bird, who re¬ 
tired in August of 1992, underwent 
more surgeries to his back. Kim 

Basinger took the stand defending Bill and Hillary may have duked if out on 
herself against Main Life Pictures, side when discussing political issues sucl 

who maintained that she renegged —-- 

on an oral contract to appear in the movie “Boxing Helena.” Ted Danson split from 
his wife Casey, amid rumors that Whoopi Goldberg played a role in the break-up. And 
last but not least. Faith Daniels disclosed on prime-time TV that she was conceived 
as a result of a date-rape and then given up for adoption 


1993: A year in review 


For those interested in earth-shattering events, March proved to be a slow month. By David Huneryager 

We kept our eyes on the war in Bosnia, on Bill and Hillary, and tried to recover from Other than Ricky Durst’s and my eighteenth birthdays, a lotof important things happened in April 
the shock of a grisly event in Liverpool, where a two year-old was beaten to death by of 1993. The second Rodney King trial came to a close and the more “ethnically diverse” jury, after 
two ten year-olds. . 0 0 much deliberation, found guilty two 

1 QQ?* A T 7S\ r-% 'ft* t tl ATA7 of the four officers who were set free 

1 Zf * rm V Cdl 11 1 JtCV 1C W as a result of the first trial (the results 

J of which led to the L.A. riots). In 

Waco, Texas, the Branch Davidians’ 
compound was “attacked” by the FBI 
and eventually went up in flames. It 
has been estimated that at least 86 
Branch Dravidians died in the blaze, 
including their infamous leader, 
David Koresh. 

There were two indecent propos¬ 
als made in April. First, the movie 
“Indecent Proposal” with Woody 
Harrelson, Demi Moore and Robert 
Redford, hit the big screen. The other 
occured at the logger-environmen¬ 
talist summit in Portland, Oregon. 
This conference was supposed to re¬ 
solve the often noted “spotted owl v. 
logger” battle, but instead President 
Clinton ordering his Cabinet, yes, his 
Cabinet, to make a plan within 60 
days. Clinton met with Boris Yeltsin 
for the first lime. Aware of the nu¬ 
merous opportunities that could be 
had with an open Russian economy, 
Ginton introduced an aid package 
Tim* for Russia. And more importantly, 

Bill and Hillary may have duked it out on the ping-pong table, hut they were certainly on the same we witnessed opening day in Major 
side when discussing political issues such as health care, NAFTA and the budget in 1993. League Baseball. 



June 


May 


By Brooke Capps 

May 1993. After four years ofbellish delight at boarding school, May marked my 
departure into the “red world.” It was the month in which my acceptance to 
Middlebury would be official, die month in which I would graduate, the month in 
which I would supposedly grow up. It was the month that springtime came to the 
North Pole, well, at least to Lake Placid, New York. 

The month began with fairly warn (45 degrees Fahrenheit) temperatures. And 
even as we watched the last episode of “Cheers," we were excited about the summer 
to come. 

Friends had just returned from die March on Washington for Gay. Lesbian and 
Bisexual Rights as we were enjoying May Day festivals. Ginton was struggling with 
his economic and health care reform plans, and the conflict continued between 
Bosnians and Serbs. But we had die summer to look forward to, and other things oo 
our minds. 

Even in other locales, where flowers were already in full bloom and not a spot of 
mud was to be found, graduates-to-be celebrated with us. We had one thing in 
common: nothing in the world could stopus. May was the introduction, the foreplay 
to a summer we hoped would last forever—it was the beginning of what we thought 
was the eternal party in our eternal youth. 


By Aerie Treska 

The eventful'summer began with an action-packed month in June. In Los Angeles, two of the 
policemen involved in the 1991 beating of Rodney King were convicted. The South Central district 
expressed great relief about the ruling. In Cayuga Lake, New York, Bruce Kellogg was murdered by 
four teenagers with his own hunting rifle. His wife was accused of having put the four defendants up 
to the crime. -L- 

In Washington, President Clinton was facing heated controversy over gays in the military, while 
in New York City, the World Trade Center was bombed during its busiest hours. And, making marital 
and medical history, a husband and wife in Beijing exchanged their sexual organs in a nineteen hour 
operation. 

On the sports scene, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Phoenix Suns for their third straight 
championship tide. Michael Jordan averaged 8.5 rebounds a game to accompany his record 41 point 
average. In golf, newcomer Lee Janzen became the winner of the U.S. Open. His win also qualified 
him to become a member of the U.S. team for the Ryder Cup. 

The world of entertainment, as always, was filled with excitement. For the first ti me ever, Michael 
Jackson allowed cameras and reporters into his Neverland hideaway. Complete with its own 
amusement park, movie theater, video arcade and Michael Museum, Neverland embodies the Peter 
Pan ideology to which Jackson seems to cling. David Letterman, in the midst of much network 
balding, filmed his last “Late Night” with NBC. Jay Leno’s promotion as the new “Tonight Show” 
host was thought to be the cause ofLetterman’s move to CBS. “Jurassic Park” made billions of dollars 
in ticket and mwrJian«tt«e sales and also raised the detune over genetic engineering and cloning. 

In the Utenry world, Robert James Waller’s tear-jerking “Bridges of Madison County” dominated 
the best sellen’ list, and Laura Esqui val ’s “Like Water For Chocolate” dazzled readers with its folksy 
mix of imagery, characters and recipes, and also made a great film. 





V 


page 18 


INDEPTH 


Thursday, December 9,1993 



August 


By Jenna Lane 

Temperatures and flood waters rose in July, as heat waves swept the East Coast and 
midwestemers attempted in vain to keep the rising Mississippi and its tributaries from 
destroying their towns. President Clinton cut his Hawaiian vacation short to inspect 
damaged crops and property, and to help build levees. 

In the meantime, life went on for Operation Rescue, the well-known anti-abortion group. 
In seven cities across the nation, Operation Rescue launched a largely unsuccessful ten-day 
siege on abortion clinics. To try and prevent clients from 
entering the buildings, protesters picketed and shot at and 
put their bodies in front of cars driving to ward clinics, among 
other tactics. 

Also in July, the National Cancer Institute of Biochemis¬ 
try (NCI) released the results of new research indicating that 
homosexuality might be an inherited trait. NCI based its 
findings on 76 pair of gay brothers, in whose families the 
incidence of homosexuality was significantly higher than in 
families with no history of homosexuality. The researchers 
planned to continue their investigation by studying lesbians 
and their families. 

In the courts, the Michigan Supreme Court set a memo¬ 
rable precedent when it ordered the adoptive parents of 
young Jessica DeBoer to turn her over to her biological 
parents, amid heated debates on adoption and the rights of 
children. 

The rights of Sting and L.L. Cool J were in question as 
they were banned from performing in Italy and Washington 
D.C., respectively, because their music was thought to cause 
violence. More successful was the annual national 
Lollapalooza tour, featuring (among others) Arrested De¬ 
velopment, Babes in Toyland and Rage Against the Ma¬ 
chine. 

September 

By Claire Calvin 

As we here at Middlebury began yet another year, the rest 
of the world was taking a beating. First and foremost, poor 
Barney the dinosaur was attacked in a Galveston, Texas K- 
Mart by four teenage boys. Ih Florida, two foreign tourists 
were killed, making nine such deaths in that state in 1993. A 
German man was shot in Miami after refusing to stop his car 
on the highway when a van bumped him from behind. One 
week later, an English man was killed fbr money in Tallahas¬ 
see. 




Bill Simpson, the last black resident of Vidor, Texas, was 
killed by a gang as he left the small town after being harassed 
for the duration of his short stay there. 

In other news, the Palestinian Liberation Organization 
(PLO) finally recognized Israel’s right to nationhood, and Israel recognized the PLO as the governing 
body of the area. Yasser Arafat came a long way in bridging the violence which has characterized the 
Middle East for so long when he condemned terrorism and extended his hand to Israel. 

While Clinton worked overtime to catch up after his Martha’s Vineyard vacation, A1 Gore appeared 
on Letterman’s new show and outlined his plan to revamp the government and save federal spending. 
Dr. Joycelyn Elders was sworn in as new Surgeon General. \ 

Finally, much to the disappointment of fans who have followed him from (“Caddy Shack” to 
“European Vacation” to “Fletch," Chevy Chase was, in his own words, “not quite ready for prime time.” 


November 


v . By Claire Calvin 

November was a big month for doing time. It seems like some people just can’t stay out of trouble. 
Back in the news was William Kennedy Smith, who was sentenced to give 100 hours of free medical 
care to a Chicago community clinic when he pleaded no contest to charges of assaulting a bouncer in a 
Virginia bar. Meanwhile, Eddie V odder of Pearl Jam, whose new album “Verses” came out in October, 
was arjeried In New Ortega?, where he got into a bar fight. , 

Michael Jackson, who isfeoedwith charges of child abuse, checked himself intoadrug rehab program 
in November, claiming thatfee trauma of the child abuse scandal had led him to become dependent on 
painkiller?, - : ' ~ 

Back in the slammer was Tupak Shakur, who had been arrested in October for shooting two off-duty 
police officers, and now stands accused of sexual assault. Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg is in trouble as 
well, and stands charged with murder, although his new tiilbum “Doggy Style” is still selling very well. 
Ftellow rapper. Flavor Flav, is up for attempted murder, causing some rap critics to wonder if life is 
beginning to imitate art 

Refusing to: ' Jfru* to gets leg up on them, the government parsed an extensi veerime bill, which 
finally implemented the long-discussed Brady Bill, gave federal funding for the building of new prisons 
and, among other things, extended the number of crimes punishable by death. 

The Supreme Court came down with a decision in November which will change the guidelines for 
sexual harassment in the workplace. Teresa Harris, who filed a complaint six years ago, finally won her 
suit, asserting thatai 


By Claire Calvin . ) 

Traditionally the hottest month of the summer, August seemed to bring tensions to a head 
across the country. As the flood victims in the Midwest finally got a break from the torrential 
rains which had driven them from their homes and towns, the rest of the nation was having a 
violent month. 

First we teamed tha? Michael Jordan’s father had been brutally murdered for nothing more 
than his car. Next, in Wisconsin, Dion Terras opened fire on the patrons of a local McDonald’s, 

killing two people. Perhaps the most bizarre inci¬ 
dent of violence took place when a 15 year old boy 
shot his mother at point blank range while they sat 
in a movie theater watching “Robin Hood: Men in 
Tights.” 

Heidi Fleiss was making headlines and causing 
many of Hollywood’s leading men to tremble in 
their boots as she appeared in court to face charges 
for running a high priced prostitution ring; Johnny 
Depp opened his hip new L.A. club, TTie Viper 
Room; and Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin fi¬ 
nally tied the knot. 

August was a big month for President Clinton 
as well. His budget got through Congress, and he 
outlined his extensive health care plan for the first 
time. Clinton was also on hand in Denver to greet 
the Pope, who had come for a Catholic Youth 
Conference in that city. Clinton listened grimly 
while the Pope detailed the evils of abortion and 
birth control, but, in a show of diplomacy, called 
it “a great speech.” 

Unfortunately, the space program experienced 
a major setback when Titan 4, which was canying 
three spy satellites and cost untold millions, ex¬ 
ploded only moments after launching. | 

The end of the month, however, brought much 
needed laughter as David Letterman retook the 
airwaves on the 26th. His first show on his new 
network, CBS, featured Bill Murray (who asked 
for Dave’s driver's license and then proceeded to 
read Dave’s home address over the air), the Radio 
City Music Hall construction crew and numerous 
celebrities who popped up in the audience through¬ 
out the show. After a long, hot, violent summer, 

the Late Show was needed comic relief. 

IS-??*. '/lir ; | a .•. lUf Mr - /' •»f r * *V- T;!*! 

October 

By Kathy Spaulding 

Too many events took place in October to 
simply focus on one. Between Yeltsin’s act of 
dissolving the Russian parliament and Clinton’s decision to send more troops to 
Somalia, a great deal of earth-shaking events took place in October. 

Toni Morrison became the first female African American to win the Nobel 
Prize for literature. Michael Jordan stunned the world by announcing his 
retirement from the sport of basketball, overshadowing the retirement of one of 
the best pitchers of all time: Nolan Ryan. More important than these occurrences 
however, was the fact that Marla Maples finally gave birth to the love child of 
Donald Trump, naming her, quite aptly, ‘Tiffany Ariana.” The reason why they 
didn’t simply name her “Gucci” is beyond me (perhaps they were afraid that her 
name would be mispronounced “Gucky”). 

The people of the Philippines finally smelled the coffee, and Imelda “I love 
shoes” Marcos was convicted of corruption and given an 18 year sentence. 
Finally, and definitely not to be overlooked, the most momentous event of 
October occurred when the one and only (thankfully) FabiO glossed the cover of 
People magazine, causing quite a stir in the hearts of grocery shoppers and people 
in dentist office waiting rooms across the country. 



Kevin Horan, U S. Naan and Worid Report 

The floods which ravaged the midwest all summer could not stop 
these fearless broadcasters from delivering the news. 


December 


After many months of heated debate, Clinton finally pushed NAFTA through Congress, much to the 


a new wave of Perot imitations. 

Finally, as the Mazes in California continued to consume homes, frees and everything in between, we 

learned that River Phoenix, probably best remembered by our generation for his role in “Stand By Me,” 

had died of a drug overdose outside of Johnny Depp’s LA. nightclub. The Viper Room. 


By Claire Calvin ' 

As we begin December and end the year, there is much to look forward to and 
to reflect back upon. Though the month has only just begun, already we have 
observed AIDS Awareness Day, lit a really big tree outside McCullough, and are 
looking forward to one of the most spirited months of the year. But we face exams 
before parting ways to celebrate the holidays with friends and family at home, and 
in many other parts of the world, strife continues to tear countries and families 
apart - 

Somalia, Bosnia, Ireland, Africa, Colombia. These are just a few (daces where 
war, drugs, famine or a combination of them all are making life very hard for the 
unfortunate people who live there. Clinton and Congress straggle to decide 
whether or not to involve fee U.S. in foreign conflicts. '< 1 

Here at home, we hope the end of the year will bring an end to the violence 
which has marked this asayear of drags, guns and death. And we aho hope that 
the new year will not bring morowaturaldisaster, as we have had our fill of floods, 
drought, fire and earthquakes in 1993. 

Even with all these problems, however, it has not been a bad year. But, as we 
all know, “it’s not over‘til the flit lady sings.” : * ' 


1 






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POR VOUR PRISON 
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IS MT LIPS MOVE 
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Our residence halls will be closed during the holiday 
season. Students need to be out of the buildings by noon on 
Dec. 21. Pull down your shades, lock windows and doors 
before you leave. The Custodial Staff will be checking all 
rooms to make sure that this has been done after you are gone. 
Ycjh will not be admitted to the residence halls after they have 
been closed. Students who plan to remain on campus must 
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observation 


. is oependbat on the 

PROPER FUNCTIONING OF 
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Jailed art thief wishes to correspond with any student 
whose fingerprints are not on file in Washington. Art history 
majors sought after. Box 500,79B609 Elmira, NY 14902. 


Tom LaMotte rocks "that guy 


To the member* of the prospective new social house and 
other animals who partied in Barnes this Saturday night. 
Thanks for having so much respect for die people who live 
herein 


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... BUT MEMBERS OF CON 
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TO SECURE THE POLITICAL 
TROPHIES FOR WHICH THE/ 
BARGAINEE SO HARP/ 


IT IS STILL NOT CLEAR. 
JUSTHOUJ MUCH THE AD¬ 
MINISTRATION GAVE AWAY TO 
WIN CRITICAL VOTES... 


THERE WAS CHAGSTODAY 
AT THE WHITE HOUSE AS 
PRO-NAFTA LEGISLATORS 
CONVERGED TO COLLECT 
ON THEIR VARIOUS TEALS... 


INHERES 
MY TAX 


WE ALL KNEW GOING IN THAT 
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BERS WOULD NEED POLITICAL 
COVER NEXT FALL, AND THIS 
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Thursday, December 9,1993 


Legislators are trying to 

COLLECT ON THE/R NAFTA DEALS. 


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DENT, SO THAT YOU CAN RE¬ 
VIEW ANY COMMITMENTS. 
MADE TO YOU DURING 
THEFINAEDAYS 
BEFORE THE VOTE / W 


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LAST WEENS NAFTA DEALS. 


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Thursday, December 9,1993 


SPORTS 


page 21 



BLACK HAWK 

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Panthers suffer first conference loss 

Poor shooting opens the door for Amherst upset 


Squash sports a perfect record 


team and preparing for games to 
concentrating on the fundamentals 
of the game, what Backus feels is 
“falling apart on us.” 

The Panthers will enjoy a seven- 
game home stretch in January, a 
time when the players will be able 
to concentrate on basketball. Since 
they are not in a league, every game 
is important for them in theirNC A A 
bid quest. They need to have as 
good a record as possible going all 
the way into the last week of the 
season. 

In the meantime, the women’s 
basketball team needs to “reevalu¬ 
ate and make sure we’re going in 
the right direction,” Backus says. 


By Claire Martin 
One point determined the out¬ 
come of the Middlebury women’s 
basketball game against Amherst 
last Saturday. The Panthers, who 
were favored to win, played an in- 
consistentgame in what Coach Amy 
Backus describes as an inconsistent 
season, losing 53-54 to bring their 
overall record to 4-2. 

Coming off a successful Nor¬ 
wich game, which rendered a 82-69 
Panther victory, the game against 
Amherst began with a 50 percent 


sistently.” She is confident that the 
team has the skills but has seen 
other teams take advantage of this 
inconsistency. 

Besides Amherst, Middlebury 
has only fallen to Division II St. 
Michael’s, posting victories over 
Connecticut College, 73-50, 
Hamilton, 80-54, Wesleyan, 51-42, 
and Norwich, 82-69. 

A gameless week this week will 
allow the Panthers to shift their 
focus from coming together as a 


“We need someone who 
is not afraid to have the 
ball in their hands. ” — 
Coach Amy Backus 


success rate on Middlebury shots in 
the first half followed by a disas¬ 
trous 11 percent rate in the second. 

“We only played one half of bas¬ 
ketball,” Backus said. “We had the 
ball stolen against pressure acouple 
of times, which has been a problem 
all year, and two key players were 
on the bench with foul trouble.” 

Another problem for the Pan¬ 
thers has been finding a consistent 
go-to player on the floor, a hole left 
by the graduation of Sladja 
Kovijanic. Many current team mem¬ 
bers played with Kovijanic for two 
or three years and have been unable 
to adjust to her absence on and 
domination of the court in past years. 

“We need someone who is not (continued from page 24) 
afraidtohavetheballintheirhands,” After that, the Panthers were 
Backus says. The team has found a unstoppable, 
leader in Chris Pagano’94, who is Senior All-American Laurie 
capable of scoring 20 points every Odden led the scoring with three 
game, but Backus feels, “every- goals, while Davis, sophomore 


Caroline Griffith 

Senior co-captain Marett Taylor anticipates her next shot. The 
squash team has handily won matches against Tufts, Colby and 
Bates on their way to a 3-0 record. 


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5 on 5 basketball: No varsity players 
Indoor soccer: Six on a side and only two 
varsity or B-team (men or women) per team 
Hand in submissions to intramural office in 


Alex Grossman 

Sophomore goalie Christy Picard has two shutouts this season. 


field house / 

Only the first 20 teams will be accepted 


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SPORTS 



Harriman breaks two 
school track records 


also qualifying her for New 
Englands. Jen Hutchins ’94 came 
in first in the 55 meter hurdles and 
also won the shot-put, qualifying 
her for New Englands as well. The 
Panthers found another New En¬ 
gland qualifier in Carly Vynne ’97, 
who won the 1500 meter. 

On the men’s team, there were 
also many outstanding results. 
Nikola Tarashev ’96, a returning 
New England champion, won thp 
55 meter event, with a time of 6.4 
seconds, 
qualifying him 
for . New 
Englands 
again. Foster 
Goodrich,’96, 
won the 35 
pound weight 
throw with a 
distance of 49 
feet, 11.5 
inches. 

Two new¬ 
comers also 
Graham Balch 


By Christi Sizemore 
Last Saturday, the Middlebury 
track team traveled to Norwich 
University for their first meet of the 
season, revealing depth and talent 
as they topped the Cadets in a num¬ 
ber of events. 

The most outstanding results 
were achieved by a first-year stu¬ 
dent at her first collegiate meet. 
Shannon Harriman broke school 
records in two different events. 

In the long jump, Harriman set 
a new school 
record with a 
distance of 16 
feet and also set 
a record in the 
triple jump with 
a distance of 34 
feet and 2.5 
inches, qualify¬ 
ing her for the 
New England 
Indoor Champi¬ 
onship in Feb¬ 
ruary in both 
events. 

“Itwasn’tabigmeet. I wasmore 
competing against myself and past 
jumps and personal records. I was 
anxiousbecause I didn’t know what 
to expect, but it ended up being a 
good day for me,” Harriman said of 
her successful collegiate debut. 

“She’s only been practicing for 
three weeks. Steady improvement 
would make for a very successful 
collegiate first year,” Coach Martin 
Beatty said. 

Harriman was not the only per¬ 
son on the women’s track team who 
compiled outstanding results. Liz 
Morgan, ’97 took second place in 
the long jump and in the triplejump. 


“She’s only been 
practicing for three 
weeks. Steady 
improvement would 
make for a very 
successful collegiate 
first year. ” — Coach 
Martin Beatty 


Ate* Grossman 


had superb results. 

’97 won the 1500 meter event witji 
a time of 4:25 and Greg Carolan ’97 
won the 800 meter with a time of 
2:08 and the 200 meter with a time 
of 24.6. 

The most difficult meet for the 
Panthers will take place after win¬ 
ter break on Jan. 9. “The Dartmouth 
relays in January are one of the 
biggest meets on the East coast,” 
Beatty said. 

“It is a world class meet. There 
are teams there from Florida to Penn, 
State. 1 think it is exciting for tls to 
be there and experience that level 
-of competition. Hopefully this meet 
will raise our level of competition.” 


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SPORTS 


Thursday, December 9,1993 


Rogers leaves politics of national 
team for serene Green Mountains 


the extra point 

r weety, what big 
wings you have 


By Neall Currie 

As expansion sweeps professional sports and we’re exposed to the 
multitude of mascot ideas people with a lot of money have, you have to 
stop to consider what players and fans look for in a mascot. 

Generally, mascots are a symbol of some combination of agility, 
speed, cunning and strength, such as Lions, Tigers, Rams, Hawks, 
Mavericks, Cavaliers, Bulls or Jaguars. These are usually animals; large 
predatory cats are very popular. 

Some of the most interesting mascots are in some specific way related 
to the team. Some have a regional connection, like the New England 
Patriots. Others are of a geographic or climactic nature, like the Colo¬ 
rado Rockies or Miami Heat. Many, like the San Francisco Forty-niners 
or the Milwaukee Brewers, have a bit of local history attached to them. 
A few, like the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim or the Orlando Magic are just 
Goofy. 

Goofy or not, nicknames that are unique are always more compelling. 
The ones that are just cool animals are, well, just cool animals. 

Like the Middlebury Panthers. Okay, we’ve got a predatory jungle 
cat, which is an animal that kills. That’s basically a good thing, but what 
does it have to do with Middlebury? There’s no polite answer. 1 mean, 
at least the University of Vermont’s “Catamounts” exploits a bit of local 
color. 

There are plenty of possibilities for a better mascot at Middlebury. At 
various points in the last few years, I’ve thought that the “Middlebury 
College Acting Presidents” would be apropos. On my first day of 
orientation, I was sure we must be the “Middlebury (anatomically 
correct) Dogs.” One spring convinced me that we should be the 
“Middlebury Mud.” 1 thought that was perfect, because, as we all know, 
mud spelled backward is always Dumb. 

Almost anything remotely connected to the school would be a step 
above Panthers. Squirrels, Otters, Litigants, Chalkers, Unfinished Build¬ 
ings and Womyn are all wild things we have roaming around this 
campus that would make good mascots. If things continue as they have 
been here, we might all be the “Middlebury Nguyens” before too long. 

Before that happens, I’ve got a solution. You can’t miss it; it’s right 
in front of the Arts Center, on your way to the athletic facilities. ^ 

Let me just say that I love Testosterone Tweety. I’ve heard all the 
complaints about how ugly it is, but so is Venus de Milo.i understand 
you think it’s a grotesque perversion of nature, but so is anything by 
GeorgiaO’ Keefe. I hear you say it's just way too big, but so is the Sistine 
Chapel. 

The Roid Robin is the best thing to happen to this school since coed 
dorms. Although it follows in the unfortunate Middlebury tradition of 
anatomically correct statues, it is still a sight that draws theeye. Say what 
you want about the Pumped Pigeon, but it’s got character. This is a bird 
that levels.it’s eyes at you and says, “Chirp. Gimme the cracker." 

When I first laid eyes upon the Hulking Hawk, I knew it was the 
perfect role model for Middlebury sports. More than just another 
animal, this one commands respect. I mean, even the pigeon mentioned 
in Dan Haley’s indictment of the bird didn’t defile the head of Tweety 
Schwarzenegger. The thing is perched in front of the biggest, most 
expensive, prominent building on campus, but still dwarfs it. Trust me, 
no one who has walked by the Rippling Rooster lately has noticed the 
monstrosity lurking behind. 

So there it is. We should change all our varsity teams to the 
“Middlebury College Bulging Birds of Prey.” Come on, it’s still better 
than theEphs or Lord Jeffs. We’re in a conference with Mules, Bantams, 
Beavers, Jumbos and Polar Bears. We could use a little color. / 


aed by the US Ski Team. “The team from something deeper than this. Denying herself a second year 
tends to concentrate on the younger Rogers talks about the money and on the U.S. Ski Team, she moved 
athletes. That’s why they’re not politics involved in the sport, the from the Rockies to the Green 
g-w -m -m a j Mountains which was not an easy 

Hockey boosts record 

•f Rogers has been challenged, hin- 

( continued from page 24) Trinity game. dered by the system as she tries to 

1 at the end of two periods of play. While the Panthers are showing incorporate her maturity and expe- 

However, they redeemed them- signs of improvement, noone would rience into success, 

selves in the third, exploding for 5 argue that they ve come as far as Skiing at Middlebury has cer- 
goals and providing a glimpse of Uiey^can^j^ tainly helped. Named to the All- 

what the offense can do. // seems that East First Team last year and named 

Once again the defense played a ...... , , All-American, Rogers says mod- 

crucial role in the game, as Smith Middlebury S success csUy of her victories, “It’s a nice 

scored two goals in one shift and pjffp qj% (fig overall outlet” 

goal tender Joe Branca ’97 held , - , . , . Rogers is certainly not ready to 

Trinity to a single tally with an P*hy °J disavow skiing forever. And in spite (continuedfrom page 24) wel1 ,or *** Fan,ners ,n 3U 

impressive performance. Martin the goalies. With the of her abhorrence of the combina- loss to Hamilton with an over- freestyle event. 

Lachaine’% scored twice and Chris woontinn nf thp tkmof“politics” and skiing, Rogers whelming win this year. “We’reastrongleamallaround, 

Clough ’97 and Dave Erickson ’96 exce P l ™ J is hoping to synthesize her IPE Women’s swimming captured and we’re out there to have fun," 

each had one a piece in the Pan- Bowdoitl game, the , major into an international career the top three spots in three races: George said, 

there’ second victory. Junior David team is yet to allow involving the ski industry. After the 200 meter IM, which first-year In this, the most intense year of 

Medow, a forward on the first line - . all, she has skiing to thank for spark- sensation Margaret Reilly won, the training forMiddlebury swimming, 

with Dumas and captain Jamie more than j goals lO ing ^ interes , in experiencing 200 meter butterfly event, won by the men are “gathering up momen- 

Wood’94, playedtwOstronggames. any of their opponents . other cultures. Railey, and the 200 meter back- turn for the end of the year,” ac- 

It seems that Middlebury’s sue- . --^== Of her European tours. Rogers stroke, in which Nellie Fox ’97 cording to George, and expect to 

cess will ride on the overall play of “we’ve improved quite a bit, but says, “I liked being abroad. I al- took first and broke a pool record, send a good percentage of swirih 

die defense and the goalies. With there arethings that still need work, ways loved to travel. But we were “It was kind of unusual because mere to New Englandsaltheendof 

theexceptionoftheBowdoingame, Everyone knows that” basically confined to skiing because we thought it would be closer than the season, 

the team is yet to allow more than 3 With only one game left before we had to be so focused on the il was,” Railey said of the meet In the immediate future lies a 

goals to any of their opponents, the holiday break, Middlebury had races.” Traveling to Moscow next The men’s team, who lost some training trip to Florida over break 

This stingy play will remain impor- an inqxxtant game against Norwich year, Rogers claims she doesn’t key members to graduation, “didn’t which will combine a tough train 

tant throughout the season, particu- on Wednesday, Dec. 8. even know if she’s going to “lug expect to win,” according to senior ing schedule with the opportunity 

larly until the offense can consis- The g«nv is the final tune-up my skis all the way over there.” captain DekeGeorge. A newcomer for team bonding as die Panthers 

tently put together performances before the Holiday Tournament to Somehow, my guess is that the will to Middlebury swimming, Nathan gear up for the remainder of the 

like that in the third period of the be beldat the Nelson Arena. finds way. Bennett ’96, swam exceptionally season. 








Men’s hoops hits the 
skids after fast start 


Alex Grossman 

A win over Connecticut College was just what the doctor ordered for the men’s ice hockey team. 

Panthers buck early losing trend 


By Jeff Bittner 

The Middlebury men’s ice 
hockey team looked to change their 
fortunes after an uncharacteristic 0- 
3 start on the season with games 
against the Connecticut College 
Camels and Trinity College last 
Friday and Saturday. By the con¬ 
clusion of the weekend, the Pan¬ 
thers found themselves one game 
below .500, with a 2-3 record. 

Playing against some of theEast- 
em College Athletic Conference’s 
(ECAC) weaker competition, 
Middlebury was not particularly 
impressive at first but earned two 
crucial victoriesanddisplayedsome 
improvement in key areas of play. 
The team will need to continue this 
trend as they prepare for some tough 
opponents in the weeks ahead. 

The Panthers hosted Connecti¬ 
cut College Friday evening and were 
looking for their first win of the 
young season. Getting production 
from junior forward Joe Dumas and 


Women’s 
first three 


By Sarah Copley 
The Middlebury women’s ice 
hockey team brought home two 
wins this weekend over Colgate 
and Hamilton to bring their record 
to 3-0. Their first win was earlier 
this season against Williams. In 
these first three games, the Pan¬ 
thers have notched an impressive 
24goals, while their opponents have 
scored only once. 

Junior forward Sarah Davis at¬ 
tributes this amazing balance of 
defense and attack to the strong 
rookie additions to the team. First- 
year students Katie Rosier, Helen 
Froelich, Sarah Vintiadis, Laine 
Whitney Parks, Caroline 

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Men's Hockey 


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several defensemen, the squad 
skated to a 5-3 victory over the 
Camels. 

Ian Smith ’96, Eric Girard ’96 
and J.S. Coumoyer ’96 each found 
the net during the game, giving the 
offense a needed shot in the arm, 

Middlebury equaled its scoring 
output from the Bowdoin and Colby 
games against Connecticut College, 
capitalizing on more opportunities 
and becoming more comfortable 
with their offensive systems. Yet, 
the offense as a group remained 
relatively quiet. Had it not been for 
the contributionsfromtheblue line, 
the outcome might have been dif¬ 
ferent. 

First-year student Billy Ladd 
once again played a solid game in 
goal for the Panthers. His goals 


against average remains consider¬ 
ably below 3.0, and he has only 
been touched for 10 goals to date. 

Following their first victory, the 
team faced a notoriously dirty Trin¬ 
ity squad on Saturday afternoon. 
Middlebury seemed to be unable to 
get rid of its scoring problems, get¬ 
ting only two shots in the first pe¬ 
riod and finding themselves tied 1- 
(continued on page.23) 


By Rob Merrill 

Basketball is a multi-faceted 
game that demands precision and 
concentration. Successful teams 
integrate the sport’s crucial ele¬ 
ments: shooting, passing, rebound¬ 
ing and defense. Unfortunately, the 
Middlebury men’s basketball squad 
didn’t consistently fire on all four 
cylinders last week against 
Dartmouth and Amherst 

The team came out flat against 
Division I opponent Dartmouth on 
Dec. 1. Jason Cussler ’95 led the 
Panthers in scoring, shooting 7-11 
from the field on his way to 18 
points. However, the offensive tri¬ 
umvirate of Jason Plrenevost ’95, 
Kevin McDonough ’94 and Ari 
Kriegsman ’96 combined for only 
29 points. The final tally was hu¬ 
miliating, Dartmouth 94, 
Middlebury 62. 

Middlebury didenjoyarebound- 
ing edge in the contest, grabbing 44 
boards to Dartmouth’s 43. But it 
was the kind of game where less 
consequential statistics spoke vol¬ 
umes. All 15 Dartmouth players 
logged at least seven minutes of 
playing time and converted at least 
one field goal. 

The Panthers hoped to redeem 
themselves on Dec. 4 versus 


Men's Basketball 

Middlebury 

63 

Amherst 

77 


undefeated but Divisionlll Amherst 
College. The game was a heart- 
breaker, as Middlebury battled back 
from a 12 point halftime deficit to 
take a 5 point lead with three min¬ 
utes left to play. Center Kriegsman 
led the attack, hammering away 
inside for a season-high 28 points. 
Prenevost chipped in for 16 and 
Kriegsman and Cussler each 
grabbed 8 rebounds away from the 
Lord Jeffs. 

However, from the three-minute 
mark on, in the words of Coach 
Russ Reilly, “the ball of yam just 
unraveled.” Mkkflebury’s defense 
suddenly became porous, and the 
rim seemed to have shrunk in diam¬ 
eter. 

The 77-63 final score belied the 
Panthers’ gritty comeback effort 
Cussler called the Amherst loss 
“crucial,” but reasoned it would 
give the team increased motivation 
to pull off an upset later in the 
season, perhaps when facing off 
with either Colby or Williams 
teams. 

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comers, the rune returning players 
have been die source of leadership 
on a team that characterizes itself as 
one with strong morale. 

This weekend wasalougawaited 
outlet for the team to prove that 
their Nov. 20 9-0 victory over Wil¬ 
liams was not a fluke. On Dec. 3, 
the team road-tripped to Colgate to 
display their skills for the Red Raid¬ 
ers. Despile the disadvantage of 
alien turf, the Panthers were sharp 
from the onset. Junior Kirdey 
Horton initiated the aarahilatioo by 
earning the first goal of the game 
halfway through the first period. 

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Young swimmers showed promise in their first meet, competing against the Hamilton Continentals. 

Swimmers rely on first-year talent 


By Claire Martin 

A tension-filled Brown pod set 
the scene for the season home debut 
of Middlebury’s men’s and 
women's swimming. The women’s 
team posted their third consecutive 
victory, this time over Hamilton, 
and the men chopped their second 
of three meets in the last race of the 


The women’s 400 meter IM re¬ 
lay opened the meet with a come- 
ftom-behind victory for the Pan¬ 


thers. Lauren Railey ’96 turned the 
race around in the butterfly leg of 
the relay. She easily surpassed her 
Hamilton opponent to give the Pan¬ 
thers the lead which was preserved 
by fteestykr Wendy Ekman ’95 in 
the final leg of the race. 

The men’s team followed suit in 
similar fashion by coming from 
behind to win the second event of 
the meet, their400 meter IM relay. 
Mike McCollum ’96 and Blaine 
Davis’96 swan the last two legs to 


pull the relay through for the win. 
Victories in the first two events of 
die meet provided die enthusiastic 
Middlebury swimmers with a psy¬ 
chological boost 

“We expected all of the races in 
the meet to be really close. Our 
victory in die first relay set a posi¬ 
tive tone,” Railey sod. 

The influx of top first-year swim- 
naerscontinues topropel the women 
to victory, countering last year’s 
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